Born to Die - Tract (100 pces)
What a day in human history! The Son of God became Man. His coming had been announced already in the Old Testament. Many times the Scriptures had spoken of Him, and about 700 years before His birthplace had been precisely prophesied! And then, around 2,000 years ago, it happened: God sent His Son, born of a woman. But it almost went unnoticed.
The shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem belonged to those "who looked for redemption" (Luke ch. 2 v. 38). Back in those days these were people in Israel who knew their own lives–and the condition of God's people generally–were not how God wanted them to be. They knew they were sinners and needed a Saviour. And now an angel announced to the shepherds: “There is born to you... a Saviour” (Luke ch. 2 v. 11).
Yes, the Saviour had come! The angels gazed down in adoration on that child, their Creator. The shepherds did not hesitate for a moment to look for Him themselves. Later the wise men from the east, guided by a bright star, travelled to Bethlehem–a long journey! They came to bring Him gifts and worship Him. What a contrast to the owner of the inn who had no room for Him. And King Herod, always concerned about his power, immediately tried to have Him killed. The Apostle John wrote in his gospel: “He came to His own [country], and His own [people) did not receive Him” (John ch.1 v. 11).
The Lord of glory, a new born baby, lying in a manger! Why did He come to this earth as a baby–helpless and poor? The answer is very simple, but should touch our hearts: for us! He had to become man in order to save us–sinful human beings. And He came for everyone. This is why the Bible says: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians ch. 8 v. 9).
And yet the great stoop He took in becoming man and the poverty it involved could not save us. More was needed. He had to die for us on the cross of Calvary. We are all sinners by nature–brought forth in iniquity and conceived in sin (see Psalm 51 v. 5). And we are all sinners in practice–we have thought, said and done wrong things in our lives (see Romans ch. 3 v. 23). This means we are all guilty before God. It is only on the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and the shedding of His blood, that He can forgive the sins of those who come to Him in repentance and faith.
Without the cross there could be no forgiveness of sins; no salvation from the power of sin! Jesus Christ came “to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark ch. 10 v. 45). His coming to this earth involved His sacrifice. That is why Calvary's cross shines behind Bethlehem's manger.
If you are looking for a real reason to celebrate this Christmas, you can find it in 1 Timothy ch. 1 v. 15: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Do you see that this deals with our most important problem, and that it applies to us all–no exceptions? Yes, it is for you! Have you ever wondered about the meaning and importance of Jesus’ death on the cross? Well, God is telling you now from His own Word, the Bible, that His Son is worthy of everyone's acceptance–yours included!
To enjoy a Christmas present you have to take it from the one who’s giving it. This is especially true of God's gift of His own Son, the Lord Jesus. Anyone who refuses to accept Him will face Him one day as their judge. But today, the Bible has this wonderful message for everyone who does not belong to Him: now you have the opportunity to come to Him as Saviour, just like the shepherds. But to do this it is not enough to remain at Bethlehem's manger; you have to take the path of faith to Calvary's cross where He died to save you. Many know His name and call themselves Christians, many celebrate Christmas with lights, candles and gifts, many have a Bible–God's letter to mankind–in which God the Father reveals His heart to us... but who will open their heart to Jesus as Saviour? Each and every one who accepts God’s gift–His own Son–will receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, true joy and peace. Have you done this? “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians ch. 9 v. 15).
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