Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. – C. S. Lewis
Local musician James Korzelius is not only a good friend of mine, he was the first friend I made in Christ. To give an introduction to him for this time of year, I would recommend that you listen to his Christmas jingle December 23rd in the Mall.
(If you like this song, he has almost all of his music on his YouTube channel.)
Several years ago, he gave out homemade Christmas cards to everyone that was inspired by One Solitary Life by Dr. James Allen Francis in 1926. I’ve kept this card and bring it out every year. That card, as well as the original essay, are the inspiration for today’s blog:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
He was born at a stable in an obscure town, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked at a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. He then became an itinerate preacher. He never held an office. He never even went to college. He never owned a home or had a family. He never wrote a book. He never stepped inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.
His public ministry lasted only three years before the public turned against Him. His family thought He was crazy. His friends abandoned Him, even denied that they knew Him. He was freely given to His enemies and put through the mockery of a trial. He was brutally murdered and nailed upon a cross between two thieves as a fraud. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
But between all of the armies that have ever marched, and all of the navies that have ever sailed, and all of the kings that have ever reigned, and all of the parliaments that have ever sat, not one has had the impact that this One Life has had. His words and deeds have affected mankind in ways we cannot begin to grasp. Never in the history of the world has one man’s birth held such significance that it changed the way we count the years. We celebrate that birth today…
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14
‘Tis the season for giving. God started it twenty centuries ago with His only Son. Have you received this gift?
If you don’t know that you’re going to Heaven, please accept God’s gift to you this season.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
Ask God to put Jesus in your life.
From me and my house to you and all of yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas.