December 13, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
It’s that wonderful time of the year! The holiday season has begun. Thanksgiving has come and gone once again. I haven’t looked at the scales too closely! My son-in-law had the dining room table covered in delicious food. It was a joy to be able to sit down and give God thanks for the many ways He has blessed Pam and me this year. We want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support this past year. Thank you so much for helping us carry the gospel to a lost and dying world! Over the years thousands have been saved because of people like you enabling us to do God’s work. God will surely bless those who have made it possible for us to reach loss souls for His kingdom!
My favorite holiday is Christmas! Sometimes I feel like a big kid. I truly enjoy the lights, trees, music and all the things that make Christmas festive. Most people really enjoy giving to those they love. Pam and I realize that all of you are gifts God has placed in our lives and we praise God for you! If you are like me, I always strive to find the perfect gift for those I love. Sometimes we may not be able to afford the gift we would like to buy, but there is a priceless gift that we can give the whole year long. In fact this gift can be given over and over to everyone you meet. It’s the gift God , the Father gave the human race over two thousand years ago. The greatest gift of all, His Son, Jesus Christ! For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life! A gift only God could give. What a gift it was, an abundant gift of everlasting life! He IS the Saviour sent to deliver us from our sins. That is the foremost gift we should share with everyone we know and meet, but we also need to remind each other of all the wonderful things we have through faith in Him! When you introduce a person to Jesus and they believe on Him and become a Christian, you have given them the best gift of all! God’s word says what would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul. No matter how much money or riches we can give someone, it cannot compare to introducing someone to Jesus Christ and them becoming a true born again Christian! If a person doesn’t have Jesus in their life they have nothing eternal. This is what Christmas is really about. Jesus is the reason for the season!
We can and should enjoy all the holiday traditions, but we must make sure we tell everyone the story of the first Christmas Day.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The little infant born in a manger was truly the first Christmas present given to mankind! This little baby was born with a mission. He was not an ordinary child. He is the Son of God born in a human body. The Word says He is the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. Let’s take a closer look at the Christ Child. In the Old Testament of the Bible the Prophet Isaiah says in…
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
People today who don’t understand Christianity don’t realize it’s not a religion, but a relationship. They can’t comprehend why we serve and worship Jesus as we do. They don’t understand that in our hearts and souls we really know Him for who He is. He is wonderful, He is our Counsellor, He is the mighty God , He is our everlasting Father and He is the Prince of Peace! We really know Him and to know Him is to love Him! He has been all these things to me many times.
There is so much more to know about this little baby born to a virgin on Christmas Day. Jesus would grow from a baby on a mission to a man fulfilling the mission! He brought forgiveness to the whole human race. He will forgive you of your sins if you ask and believe in your heart. Salvation is free, but it wasn’t cheap. It still is the most expensive gift a person can receive. It was a costly gift!
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
You see salvation is a gift of God given freely to all who ask! I know because He did it for me and if He will do it for me, He will do it for anyone. God loves you and desires to forgive you of all your sins. This my friend is the message of Christmas. This baby born the first Christmas morning was on a mission to pay the price for all the sins of mankind and He fulfilled this mission! As He hung on the cross of Calvary dying, He cried it’s finished, which means paid in full. What was the price that was paid? He obeyed God the Father and came to earth as a baby without sin. He lived a sinless life for thirty-three years as quoted in the Word of God. He died on the cross. He was buried and on the third day He arose. My friend Jesus is alive sitting at the right hand of the Father! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He still saves, He still delivers and He still heals!
Do you want to give Jesus the best gift you could ever give? Give Jesus your heart and life then share Him with others. Be bold and tell everyone you know the true Christmas Story! We should share the love of Jesus Christ everywhere we go not only on Christmas Day, but everyday! Jesus gave us His all, He gave His Life that we might have Eternal Life!
We hope you are blessed by this Christmas message and you can give others hope by sharing the story of the “Baby On A Mission”! Pam and I look forward to seeing you this coming year. May God bless you always and have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
John and Pam Ritcheson