Christmas was required in God’s plan because the righteous life he requires was not attained by Adam or any of his fallen descendants. God, prompted by grace, chose to fulfill the holy human standard himself. The incarnate Deity chose to live the life we should have lived – the perfect childhood, the spotless teenage years and the righteous adult life. Had we been able to present to the Father the righteous life he requires so that we could perfectly enjoy his presence and his presents, God would not have needed to become a man and live among us. But we couldn’t, so he did. Were it only our sins that needed a payment, Christ could have arrived on the day of his crucifixion. But our deficiencies were more than our acts of transgression (doing the things we shouldn’t do), our problems included the “falling short of his glory” (failing to do the things we should do). It is with gratitude that we celebrate his advent as an infant, because we know that as our sins were atoned for on the cross, so it was that all our human deficits began to be rectified by one perfectly-lived life starting that very night in Bethlehem.
-- Pastor Mike
One of the hallmarks of the Christmas Season is the singing of Carols. Christmas carols proclaim the beautiful story of the incarnation of Christ in song. They range from the soaring Angels We Have Heard on High to the contemplative Silent Night! Holy Night! Unfortunately, singing Christmas carols is a dying tradition.
At Focal Point, we want to help you carry on the tradition of Christmas carols in your family. Christmas Carols for a Kid's Heart is a great book not only for children, but also for adults. Along with a fully orchestrated CD of 12 classic Christmas carols, you and your child will learn the true stories of the songwriters and develop a spiritual bond with the included devotionals, Bible verses and prayer prompts. There is also printed music for piano and guitar players. Bring Christmas carols alive with Christmas Carols for a Kid's Heart this December.
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