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home : opinions : your opinions July 22, 2014


12/24/2013 11:11:00 AM
Christmas is about unending grace
Kevin Kuhrt, Rice Lake

I have a thought to pass on at this time of the year. During Christmas years ago, I realized without what Christ did on the cross there would be no reason to celebrate Christmas. That is why we hang lights in the shape of a cross on the front of our house each Christmas.
As Christians we tend to focus on what Christ went through for us at the cross in the physical realm, but it's what he suffered and accomplished in the spiritual realm that makes all the difference to me. At that moment in time, in all of human history, everything changed. People will say that nothing changed; that man is still the same, a lot of terrible things happened and even some at the hands of the "church." They'll say bad things are still going on, and they're right. But what changed is the possibility and hope for a new life-for a better life-for a chance to have a personal encounter with Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The thief hanging on the cross next to Christ hadn't celebrated any of Christ's 33 birthdays, but he understood and believed who Christ was and the possibilities for something better. That "no good thief' that people wanted to rid the earth of encountered Jesus Christ, believed in him, asked him to remember him, and was accepted by Christ. It's that simple. That man has been celebrating Christ every moment of every day since.
That's the unbelievable power of God's grace and what it does for us. For that thief there were no church programs, no church rituals, no church rules to follow. He didn't go to any church classes and he hadn't even joined a denomination that best fit his needs, yet he had Christ. How big is grace? Christ poured his grace over that thief while Christ himself was still hanging on the cross making a way for all of us.
That unending grace that Christ covers us with is what celebrating Christmas is all about. The birth of Christ is like the quotation at the beginning of something big and the resurrection of Christ is the quotation to finish that same thing. It's really not two separate things. It is all Christ pursuing us with his love. We shouldn't celebrate the occasions of Christmas and Easter; we should celebrate Jesus. We should celebrate his love for us all year long in everything we do.
While you're celebrating Christ's love for you, it's also a good time of year to show some extra love and grace to your family, friends and the people around you.
Merry Christmas everyone!

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