by Pastor David Grey
“We know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God…He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.” — 1 John 5:20
Well, our Christmas celebrations are over (for those of us who celebrate Christmas and not ‘happy holidays’ or some other Christ-less substitute).
We have rejoiced once again in the coming of God as a babe born to a virgin. We have remembered the fulfillment of prophecies made and the promises that the Father kept that night so long ago in Bethlehem.
Now, as we enter the new year, it is good to ponder the ramification of those events for us today, for they are most certainly crucial to us all.
The Messiah did not come to earth so that we could have an annual celebration of miracles and angels; of magi and shepherds and deliverance from an evil king.
The Son of God became the Son of Man that we might know the Father’s forgiveness and have eternal life, which John tells us, “is in His Son.” (1 John 5:20). This eternal life is in the Son because as the focus verse of this column says, he, himself is, “eternal life.”
There is no forgiveness of sin and there is no eternal life apart from him. There is no life apart from our being “in Christ.”
Forgiveness and life do not come simply through our knowing about him or even through being a great fan of his. They certainly do not come to those who do not even believe they need a savior.