Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 17, 2023
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT)
How would it feel to find out that someone else had to die in order for you to live? God sent Jesus, born into this world to die as an extravagant demonstration of His great love for us. No matter how hard we try, we are never able to work hard enough, to be good enough or to love God enough to deserve the sacrifice Jesus was willing to make for us. He not only paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins, but that we will have the hope to be with Him for all eternity. And, we also have the hope for His comfort, peace and love through all the joys and sorrows in our lives now. So, in this Christmas season of shopping, parties, family gatherings, and sharing gifts, let us not forget the real reason for the season and the greatest gift ever given. God sent His only son, born in a lowly manger, Jesus—Emmanuel, God with us!
By JoBeth Kested

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