Jesus came to earth as a baby. And he was a baby much like you and me. He laughed, he cried, he learned to walk. He learned to love… He learned to love us and he especially learned to love his heavenly Father.
Because Jesus was man he could experience all our temptations. Because he was God and never sinned he could die for each one of us, so that we could live forever in heaven with him. You can personally know Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas… by talking to him through prayer, by listening to him through reading the Bible, and by loving him through actively doing what he says. He and his Father will make their home within you and you will know “Emmanuel – God with us” who is the true meaning of Christmas.
To learn more about knowing the Christ of Christmas read the Bible (Matthew 1:23, John 3:1-21, 14:15, 23, 31; Hebrews 4:14-16), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.
Rather than stay well away from sin, sometimes we dance as close to the edge as we can without going over. However, before we know it, we find ourselves going over the edge anyway. The climb back is difficult and it sure helps to have someone anchored to the top to come down and help lift us out.
If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and are controlled by His Spirit, and you are following Him as best you can, you can be a lifeline to someone who has fallen. First, be careful to resist the temptation to feel superior or to pass judgement. Second, remember that at times LOVE can be spelled LISTEN. Usually sin is an attempt to get God-given needs met without God. You need to respond with reality and compassion (truth and mercy) just as Jesus did. Remember the paralyzed man lowered through the roof, whose friends had faith but he didn’t, Jesus healed him anyway. Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus said, “Does no one condemn you? Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” Finally, restore that person to fellowship with God and fellow believers with the same care and gentleness of a doctor restoring a broken bone. You can literally be Jesus to that person, allowing Christ to restore one of His own back to Himself.
To learn more about God, read the Bible (Galatians 6:1-10, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.