“But someone will say, ‘you have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) and, “For as the body apart from the spiritis dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).
Jesus birth was and is God's gift to his children. Those of us who believe in him, are his dearly beloved children and we have been given true and real hope.
For God So Loved the World
16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus' birth, his subsequent death and rise from death has assured believers of eternal life. Nothing we can do can help us achieve eternal life. Only our belief in him and in his work will save us.
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus' birth is a celebration of hope. A hope that is deep, rich, and abundant in joyful everlasting life. Whatever we must go through here on earth, will be forgotten in heaven. All life there will be made new through our Savior's power and vision.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Indeed, Jesus birth is an incredible gift to all mankind. This Christmas, celebrate hope and God's great gift of grace and mercy. Grace for undeserved favor and mercy for not punishing us for what we certainly deserve. Celebrate a joyful and thankful Christmas!