So, you have a small group Christmas party coming up.
With a homemade gift exchange.
And there are girls in your group who wouldn’t be allowed to take home certain Bible verses or an out-right version of the gospel.
So what do you do?
Make sugar cookies.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
Mix together in a mixing bowl
Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.
Once that is beaten together, add 3 cups of flour one cup at a time, finishing with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Flour the counter and roll out.
Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes at 400 F.
Our sin deserves God’s wrath, and this impending wrath broke our relationship with God. His justice would be delivered for our sin – the wrath of the Almighty, greater and more powerful than our deepest and most fearful imaginings.
BUT because He is also merciful, God provided a way that He could be the Just and Justifier – He provided someone else to be punished for our sin – His own Son bore our sin and took the wrath of God for it. He took our punishment that we might be right with God.
Shepherds were some of these people that came to see Jesus. They were social outcasts, and this shows that God loves even those society looks down on.
The sheep also represents why Jesus came. Instead of us dying, Jesus took our place and died on a cross and received God’s wrath for our sins. He was the lamb that died in our place, like the ram died in place of Abraham’s son.
But Jesus didn’t stay dead – to show that God is powerful over death, God raised His son from the dead three days later.
Life without Jesus is like this, because there’s a hole in the middle of your heart – nothing satisfies.
Until we believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord and accept His death as payment for our sins and believe that He rose from the dead; if we call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved…