‪GOD PROVED HIMSELF‬

Jesus was crucified for us.

His death was not only a proof of His love for us, but also a proof of our salvation.

Because of that, we have eternal life.

What more could we ask?

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WHAT IF THE STABLE HAD REMAINED EMPTY?

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Imagine the nativity scene… The stable was full that night Christ was born.  His young parents had no idea what a key part of God’s plan they had become. The lowly animals were there.  The first to receive the birth news directly from heaven’s angel choir were poor shepherds.  The shepherds filled the stable to worship the King of Kings.  And the wise kings who sought the child to worship Him and to bring offerings.

When I was seeing the pictures and posts of nativity sets on the social media a thought occurred.   What if the stable had remained empty?  What if God had just left the world in our sin and never came down to redeem us?  God created us.  God could have wiped the slate clean of His creation once we became broken by sin. He didn’t do that.  He loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son.  God is LOVE.  John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

His life lived on this earth is the standard to look to.  As was with His birth so was His life.  He ministered to ALL.  Luke 5:31-32 “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  As He spoke to the Pharisees they were blind to the fact that they were sinners themselves.   Even the self-righteous were a part of God’s plan.  Their desire to have full control of “the law” and keep their religious power is what put Jesus on the cross.

Jesus died on the cross for ALL people and ALL sin.  He even forgave the very ones who put Him there as he hung in pain.  Luke 23:34 “Jesus said, “Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”” Jesus died and was buried and then three days later He rose to life fully defeating death and sin.  Luke 24:5-6 ”Then, as the women were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, the two men in shining garments said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,”

The tomb was empty that day because the stable had been full.

The deeper we understand our own sins and what Jesus took on that cross for us the deeper we understand the GRACE.   We are called to love and share His light and good news with the world.   Mathew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

This Christmas let’s remember that if it weren’t for a full stable there would not have been an empty tomb.  Salvation, love, grace, anything good does not come from us.  It is all about Jesus.  He is our hope.  We only make a difference when we allow Jesus to love through us.

LOOK UP CHILD

When darkness seems to win
When the world is crumbling
When all I feel is doubt
When I can’t figure it out

Where are you now?
Where are you now?

Then I hear You say
Look up child
Look up…
I hear You calling my name
Oh, I hear You say
Look up child

You are the water
When I am a wasteland
You are the river
When I am a desert
You are the fire
When I am the winter

What have I done to deserve love like this?

 

THIS IS MY COMMAND

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Children cry in hunger
As parents strive for food;
Still their hearts are unfed.
So many lives are empty,
So many walk alone.
Reaching out for something
They cannot seem to find.

This is my command:
Take your brother’s hand
And love him as I have first loved you.
Let the warmth of your embrace
Give him strength to run the race.

Broken people wonder:
“O God, where can You be?”
Share my heart with those who weep
And bring them back to me.
May your love’s work be the evidence of grace.

PAINTING

Leo bought a new house a week ago. He was looking for an attractive painting to decorate his drawing room. He went to a carnival to end his search. There, he found a shop full of antique items and paintings. Leo’s eyes were rolling in search of a masterpiece. Finally he saw a painting on which his eyes glued to. It was a painting of a small goblin, sitting on a chair with a pipe. He paid the price and brought the painting to his house.

At night…

Leo was sleeping in his room but was awakened by giggling sounds. He came downstairs to check. In the drawing room where he hung the painting, he found that the goblin in the painting wasn’t there. It was strange.

He heard the giggling sound again… This time… from upstairs. When he entered his room he found nothing.

“Hi Hi Hi”, the sound came again. And this time from behind. It was the goblin. Leo was shocked. The creature pushed him to the floor. The goblin took the alarm clock and broke it on Leo’s head. Leo wasn’t expecting this attack and fainted.

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When he regained his consciousness, he found that the goblin from the painting was standing in front of him—

“You… cannot be real?”

“I am real! I’ve been trapped in this painting for centuries.”

“Who trapped y…you?”

“The Goblin king… it was a punishment. A curse! And there is only a way to get rid of this life,” said the goblin.

“What…?”

“I have to kill a human, and possess his body.”

Goblin jumped onto Leo to kill him. Leo kicked him in the face and ran towards the kitchen. He took a knife and at the same moment, the goblin jumped on him. The goblin was stabbed in the chest. Goblin held Leo’s hand and told him , “the one who kills a goblin will become a goblin too”. Later, the goblin died. Leo didn’t believe him and burned his body.

Weeks later… He noticed that green hairs had been grown on his body.

 1-YEAR LATER…

Leo’s house had been sold. A new family came to live in the house. The painting had been sold as well. The painting was in an antique shop. Leo was there but this time he’s inside the painting. He had become a goblin.

[THE END]

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[When Leo was unconscious, the goblin replaced his soul with Leo’s and he’s wandering now in Leo’s body. And Leo had been trapped in the painting.]

ANNIVERSARY

The stage was set with flowers, candles, music, wine and of course, his loved one. They were celebrating an anniversary together after 5 years.

“You won’t believe how every pore of my being has longed to be with you.”, she whispered softly in his ears.

“Sure, I do, sweetheart…” His reply was interrupted with the bang on the door.

The cops had been following her tracks for long. Unbelievably, he turned out to be the informer.

BELIEF

I believe in light
I believe if light exists there will be dark
I believe in good
I believe if good exists there will be evil
I believe in kindness
I believe if kindness exists there will be cruelty
I believe in generosity
I believe if generosity exists there will be greed
I believe in love
I believe if love exists there will be hate
I believe in hope
I believe if hope exists there will be despair
I believe in courage
I believe if courage exists there must be fear
I believe in You
I believe if You exist there must be a place where You do not
And I don’t ever want to find that place!