The hardest thing for men to believe is that God would take on a body and give up that body to death in the place of his creation, for their sins, when he was innocent of any sin. Religion is constantly trying to earn kudos with God based on behavior. The religious person is a carnal person. One filled with the ego; person of this earth, earthy, sensual, fleshy.
The whole point of Christianity is that God came and dwelt among men.
“…they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:23
This is why the Jews gave Jesus over to the Romans to do their dirty work. They could not get their head around the fact that God came in the flesh to minister to them his salvation.
“The Jews answered [Jesus], saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:33
That is why Jesus said that if you do not believe who he was that you would die in your sins. This is an important fact for salvation. If you believe Jesus was any one other than GOD HIMSELF then you will die eternally.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn* of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; ” Colossians 1:13-19
…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… The mighty God, The everlasting Father… Isaiah 9:6
Salvation comes from God himself who took on flesh and became a man. He came to save the lost, the undeserving, the wayward sinner. Nothing can earn you God’s favor. No matter how noble. The only thing that pleases God is for you to trust in his salvation alone.
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his work on the cross. Salvation is a gift. You cannot earn it!
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by GRACE ( God’s undeserved, unmerited, favor and mercy) are ye saved through Faith; (trust in reliance on) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES : (no by your own ability) it is the GIFT ( free bestowal ) of God: Not of works, (no good deeds or good behavior) lest any man should boast. (no bragging about how deserving you are)
“If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it [the election to salvation by God] be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” Romans 11:6
“Who [God] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began.” II Timothy 1:9.
This Christmas won’t you receive Gods gift to you? His very own life that he laid down on the cross. He gave it up, he became a sin offering so that you can have eternal life with him!