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What If?

We celebrated Christmas just a few weeks ago, and it’s one of two major, Christian holidays that has its origin in biblical roots. At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s Son. In a few months, Christians around the world will celebrate the resurrection of the living Christ, following a horrendous, brutal death on a Roman cross.
If you’re not a believer, or a Christ follower, perhaps you disregard the stories of Christ’s birth and resurrection, or put up with them because you respect the beliefs of your family or friends. Or, do you mock Christians for believing in such far-fetched tales?

Personally, maybe you prefer to celebrate these holidays in the more popular, secular ways with the focus on Santa, tinsel and the Easter Bunny. It’s also possible these are the only two occasions you attend church each year. If that’s the case, perhaps you consider the messages nice folklore stories, but they’re for others, not you. You might even pretend to listen to the messages, but all you really hear is “blah blah blah.”

Today I’d like to challenge you to consider the “what if’s” of these holidays. “What if” there is an ounce of truth in the biblical account of these two events? “What if” God really did have the ability for Mary to remain a virgin, yet supernaturally conceive the prophesied Messiah, God’s Son? “What if” Jesus really did come back to life after lying lifeless in a grave for three days?”

After all these years of being a naysayer or doubting the biblical roots of these holidays, is it possible I can spark your curiosity or convince you to open your heart and mind just a crack to investigate and explore for yourself these “what ifs?” Because when it’s all said and done, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are only pretenders in colorful, silly costumes who can do nothing for you toward where you spend eternity. Oh, sure, they liven up the holidays and add a whole lot more fun to the celebrations than a serious Bible message. But, belief in the living Christ, who is celebrated on both holidays, is the only real person who can deliver you from the tentacles of death into an everlasting life.

I challenge you to put aside your doubts and skepticism and truthfully ask yourself the “what if” questions. And, I encourage you to also ask yourself this question, “Am I willing to risk my eternal future, my forever home, on my personal opinion and my own interpretation of truth?”


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