Wow, it's already December and for many (including me), it's the happiest time of the year. In the midst of this busy season, one thing is constant and never changes and that is my understanding on why I celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I remember my Pastor quoted these words when he preached last Sunday that says, "All the babies in this world are born to live but only one was born to die." That truly touched my heart! Jesus came to this world fully aware of the horrendous death awaiting Him in the hands of sinful mankind He purposed to save. So, I am not going to be dogmatic about the exact day, month or year the Savior of the world came. The very reason for my celebration is because He actually came to give hope and life to mankind. We're living in these days that seemed more and more hostile to God's Word in utter rejection of God and the Body of Christ (Church), it's easy to be swayed by the message of the world that centers on the demonic agenda of "do what thou wilt." It disguises itself as "love" but in a perverted kind of way. I say this because "true love" (Agape) is not self-centered, perfectly demonstrated to us by Jesus when He bore all our sin, nailed it at the Cross to redeem everyone who would believe and receive (Born-again, John 3:3) what He has done on our behalf. Perverted love capitalizes on what the person receives rather than what he/she can give. Think of this for a moment, each of us are condemned, vanished from the presence of God for all eternity because we all came from one man, Adam, and we inherited from him what he got from Satan after he disobeyed God---the Sin Nature! From this vile nature comes all acts of sin which none of us in our own effort could ever break free from. This was our situation, this was our fate---till the Lord Jesus came and provided us a way out. Before the New Testament was ever written, the Old Testament prophets have been given a glimpse of the coming Messiah although they did not fully comprehend the blessed mystery (meaning) of what they were writing at that time. Isaiah 53:4-6 tells us about this coming Savior, "Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all." I would like to share the exhortation my Life Application Bible shared about these verses. It says, "How could an Old Testament person understand the idea of Christ dying for our sins (our transgressions and iniquities)---actually bearing the punishment that we deserved? The sacrifices suggested this idea, but it is one thing to kill a lamb, and something quite different to think of God's chosen servant as that Lamb. But God was pulling aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah's day look ahead to the suffering of the future Messiah and the resulting forgiveness made available to all mankind. Isaiah speaks of Israel straying from God and compared them to wandering sheep. Yet God would send the Messiah to bring them back into the fold. We have the hindsight to see and know the identity of the promised Messiah who has come and died for our sins. But if we can see all that Jesus did and still reject Him, our sin is much greater than that of ancient Israelites who could not see what we have seen. Have you given your life to Jesus Christ, the "Good Shepherd" (John 10:11-16) or are you still going your own way like a wandering sheep?" Wow, what a powerful truth that we have to ponder on today. From the beginning of time till it's end, Jesus was, is and still the hope of this world. Every wonderful gift you receive this season will in no way compare to the true value of the gift of love and mercy given to us by God's One and Only Son. He's the Gift that keeps on giving throughout eternity.
For this 3 inches square Note Cards, I used 2 different stamp set namely "Birthday Brackets" and "Cupcake Numbers" from Stampendous Stamps. I stamped them with different Memento Inks and added some washi tapes from Tape Works. The mini card base is from Studio G that came with envelopes. The sentiment stamped on each envelope comes from Studio G as well.
SINGLE LAYER BIRTHDAY NOTE CARDS
SINGLE LAYER BIRTHDAY NOTE CARD 1
SINGLE LAYER BIRTHDAY NOTE CARD 2
SINGLE LAYER BIRTHDAY NOTE CARD 3
This project is entered into the following Challenges:
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Happy Craft---ATG/Christmas Flowers
Let's Craft and Create---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
There you have it, folks! Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to link with us. I hope you have a great week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished at the Cross, we have complete victory over the works and schemes of the enemy! Let us share this hope to countless others in the world this Christmas season.
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