First, the bad news…by Pastor Ed

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And once again it’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. The coming of our Savior is truly an event worth remembering and celebrating. But before the festivities begin, we need to stop and consider why a Savior had to come in the first place. Lest we forget, the Good News of the Gospel actually begins with bad news.

The Christmas story begins in the Garden of Eden, not Bethlehem. It was in the garden that humanity’s epic fail took place. According to the Genesis account, Adam and Eve were blessed to eat of any fruit in the garden, except the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately, they succumbed to the temptation and ate of the it anyway (Genesis 3:6). As a result, they were banished from God’s presence and doomed to an eternity apart from Him.

Furthermore, the fall of Adam had a catastrophic effect on all humans. In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” (Romans 5:12). Because Adam sinned, all those who come from his seed (you and I) are born in sin. Bad news indeed.

And yet, although the consequence of sin is death, “the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross, the penalty of sin is dealt with, and we who believe have a restored relationship with God. It was for this reason that this baby was born of Mary. He grew up to become our Savior.

So make no mistake about it. We celebrate Christmas, not because of what the man in a red suit will bring, but because of what our Savior Jesus Christ has brought—the gift of eternal life with Him forever. And that, for sure, is good news!

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