Christmas

The True Christmas Story: Told in a child friendly form.

The real Christmas was not about Santa Claus. The true story of Christmas will fill your heart with such joy that only the truth can give.

Long time ago in the Bible land of Jerusalem, Almighty God fulfilled the promise He had made hundreds of years ago. God had promised to send a Savior into the world to save mankind from the consequences of sin that resulted from the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve. When God created the first man and woman, Adam, and his wife, Eve, they did not listen to God’s instruction not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Satan the old serpent deceived the first couple to disobey God’s instruction, promising them that they would become like God themselves, with the ability to know both good and evil. After Adam and his wife ate the forbidden fruit they instead felt entrapped by fear. They felt guilty inside and went to hide from God. From then on, all mankind became like Adam and Eve, enslaved to fear and meanness. God felt sorry for what man had brought upon himself, and promised to send a Savior into the world that would redeem mankind from living a life without God.

God chose to send His Son, Jesus, into the world as a new baby that would be born by a virgin, a young girl who had never been with a man. God’s people waited for the promise a very long time. In the meanwhile they continued to suffer from the consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve. People were killing each other and doing all sorts of other bad things to each other.

After hundreds of years, God sent the promised Savior into the world just like he had said. A young girl was alone in her room one night when an angel of God appeared to her. He greeted her with much kindness and told her that God had chosen her to be the mother of the Savior of the world. The girl expressed her wonder on how she could become a mother without being married. The angel explained to her that her Son would be called the “Son of God”, because He would be conceived through the power of God. The young girl, Mary, surrendered to the will of God. She said to the angel, “I am God’s creature, let His will be done in my life”. After a while, Mary was found to be expecting a child. Can you imagine what that meant for Mary and her family?

After the baby was born, wise men came from the East to worship the new born baby whom they referred to as a King .They said they had seen His star in the East, and had followed it to find and pay homage to the new born King.

Jesus the Savior grew like any other child, living with His parents and helping them until the time came for Him to fulfill His mission.

God bless you as you put your trust in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation, amen.

The Evangelist
Fola Jolayemi
 

The Easter Story

The story of God’s plan to save man began at Christmas, and ends in Easter.

After the Savior boy became a man, He began to do a lot of wonderful things called Miracles. The first miracle that Jesus performed was that of turning water into wine. At a marriage feast where their drink had ran out, Jesus’ mother called on Him to help them. He asked the servants to fill the pots with water and serve the guests. The master of ceremony after drinking said that this was a better wine than the one they had before. After this, He went on to heal a lot of sick people, and even raised some who had died, making them to come alive again. In all His miracle working, Jesus did not draw attention to Himself, but told the people that God His father had given Him the power to do all these miracles so that they could believe Him to be the Savior that God had promised.

A lot of ordinary folk believed in Jesus and followed Him, but the religious leaders of the day did not believe that Jesus was the long awaited Savior. They were filled with envy and jealousy because of how people flocked to listen to Jesus. They began to look for a way to kill Him. Jesus knew that the purpose for which He came into the world was to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, fulfilling the words that He had spoken from God, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16, Holy Bible).

The wicked religious leaders not knowing that they were fulfilling the purpose for which God sent His Son into the world, went ahead to arraign Him before the governor, accusing Him of calling Himself the Son of God, making Himself equal with God. The governor, after examining Jesus, told His accusers that he did not find any fault with Him. He wanted to let Him go but the religious leaders and their mob shouted insistently that He should be crucified. The governor gave in to their wish, and Jesus was nailed on the cross. While He hung on the cross, He cried with a loud voice, “It is finished”, before giving up the ghost, declaring that He had completed the work of saving mankind from the consequence of sin, a forever life in the fires of hell.

The most amazing thing about Easter, is that after Jesus died on the cross and was buried,

He rose again from the dead on the third day, showing His power over death. He was seen by His disciples, and over five hundred of His followers at one instance, before being lifted up into heaven. He has promised to return to the earth again to take His children home, and also to judge the world.

Now, all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior and Lord will no longer go to hell when they die, but will instead have an everlasting life of joy and peace in heaven where God is.

If you would like to have this eternal life, repent of your life without God, and ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and help you live for Him. He will come into your heart at your invitation, and will write your name in His book of life. As a result, you will be translated from a life that naturally ends in hell, to a life of bliss in heaven with God and His holy angels.

This is the true story of Christmas and Easter. And this is why there is so much joy in the air at Christmas, because Christmas is really about God’s love for us and about His hands stretched out to save us.

God bless you as you put your trust in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation, amen.

The Evangelist
Fola Jolayemi