That’s right! What we understand as Christmas is broader than just a cute story about Jesus coming as a baby. The Christmas story is part of the greatest story of love, loss, sacrifice, and redemption that we’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. And that right there is what’s so amazing about it! We CAN in fact experience the greater Christmas story personally in our lives. We have to understand that Jesus IS the Son of God and make a personal decision to either 1) accept Him as our Savior or 2) reject Him.

I’m so grateful that I have chosen to accept Him and have a relationship with God’s Son Jesus! A relationship with Him is the one and only way to be reconciled back into a relationship with God, live a fulfilling and purposeful life, and live with Him in heaven forever.

But, Let’s say you’re reading this post and you don’t believe in God or that Jesus is the Son of God. Would you think through with me about some of the details of His life with an open mind?

I undoubtedly know that God exist and sent His Son Jesus. But, let’s put my belief aside for a moment and say none of it’s true.

If there was a God, wouldn’t you want Him to love us and make Himself known to us in the way He did as recorded in Scripture? Think about it. God came to us in human form as a helpless little baby, the same way we entered the world. How humbling is the way Scripture says he stooped so low to identify with us, to see things through our point of view. It says He grew up and experienced the same kind of hurt and pain that we all experience: the death of friend, rejection, ridicule etc…it says He was kind and thoughtful, that His first miracle recorded in Scripture was a miracle simply to save friends from an embarrassing situation at a wedding.

Let’s say Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that if He did exist, he would be compassionate to the poor and merciful to the broken hearted even though they were desperately lost because of their own sinful mistakes. Wouldn’t you want to believe that he would be loving enough to risk rejection by speaking the bold truth to those who were self-righteous and whose hearts were hardened by the deceitfulness of sin?

If Jesus did not exist as the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that He would live a blameless life and love us enough to give up His life for us?

Think about your life.

Think about the difference in your life past, present, and future based on your choice to believe or not believe.

What if Jesus Christ is in fact the one true Son of God? What if the next time He comes, He is not coming as a cute little baby, but as a powerful King of a forever Kingdom? What difference would it make to you personally in your life?

What if?

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
-Romans 5:8

John 3:16 is basically a quick summation of the Gospel story. It’s a popular verse many are familiar with. Check out the Message paraphrase (verses 16-18) of the worlds most popular verse:

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

What if?