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  Private Circulation DECEMBER 2011Vol : 9 No. 12 Have A Right Christmas Before Lord Comes! Dr. T. SATYA RAO The Lord Jesus Christ came to this worldabout 2000 years ago. His arrival details werecontinually announced over centuries. The Lordwas born in Bethlehem of Judea. The stable of aninn was the only place that was available, at thattime, for the child Jesus as His birth place. Thatwas the God’s plan with a purpose. Mary andJoseph could find only that ill-smelling stable,where the cattle were fed. The child was wrappedin strips of cloth and was laid in a manger.Thus the first advent of Jesus began in amanger of Bethlehem and ended up on the crossof Calvary. What advantage is there to anyonefrom such a person whose birth and death wereso poor and shocking? Indeed, it is not beneficialto anybody unless one knows what it is and whyit is. Paul declared, “For the preaching of thecross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). Jesus was conceived in thewomb of virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. “Theangel said to her, Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you willname him Jesus. He will be great and will becalled the Son of the Most High God …. The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God’s power will rest upon you. For this reason the holychild will be called the Son of God.” (Luke1:30-35, GNB). Jesus Himself declared that He  2 WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFEDecember, 2011 is not from the world, like the people of the earth,but He is from heaven. “But he continued, Youare from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23-NIV).The birth of Jesus in a smelling stable: whatdoes it teach the created being of our planet?Man’s heart is like that ill-smelling stable. TheBible says, “The heart is deceitful above allthings, and desperately wicked: who can knowit?” (Jer. 17:9). The Lord Jesus Christ said, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,blasphemies” (Matt. 15:19). In one word, it is a‘sinful’ heart. “For all have sinned, and comeshort of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). “God looked down from heaven upon the childrenof men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Ps. 53:2-3).The Lord Jesus Christ came to this worldas a Saviour. He is God, but to become ourSaviour, He took upon Himself the form of flesh. “And without controversy great is the mysteryof godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,received up into glory” (1 Tim. 3:16). Jesusmeans Saviour, Christ means Anointed One orMessiah. When the Messiah came to the manger,he came to tell all the people that He is willing tocome to the heart of any sinner whose sins mightsmell awful and send him to the hell fire, underGod’s eternal judgment. Like the smelly stable,even though our hearts are awful before God, Heis willing to enter into our hearts as our Saviour.To show this truth, the Saviour came to the stable.The Lord will accept anyone who really seeksHim and receives Him as his personal Saviourthrough repentance.Around the world, people joyfully celebrateChristmas on 25 th December every year. Theyremember the birth of the Saviour in theBethlehem’s stable. Such remembrances will nothelp anyone. The Bible warns, only when Jesusis born in our heart we can celebrate Christmas.Jesus will come to our heart only after we seek Him through repentance. In repentance, a mantakes a “U-turn” in his life. He will enter into anexperience that begins like this: “Therefore if anyman be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things arebecome new” (2 Cor. 5:17). The Bible says arepentant man is he who uncovered his sins beforeGod by confession, and by showing a willing heartto forsake them. “He that covereth his sins shallnot prosper: but whoso confesseth and  forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov.28:13).The ministry of Lord Jesus Christ startedwith the preaching of repentance. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt.4:17). The last thing He spoke before His  3 WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFEDecember, 2011 ascension to heaven was about repentance. “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations,beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).Throughout His ministry, he went on stressing theneed for repentance. He told about a rich manwho died and went to hell all because he wasignorant of repentance (Luke16: 19-31). Jesuswill come into a sinner’s heart only when He seeshis genuine repentance. He comes in Spirit to livein him. That is why the Bible declares, “But yeare not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so bethat the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if  any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”    (Rom. 8:9). Without this genuinelyneeded experience, celebration of Christmas isto destroy oneself.Similarly the death of Jesus Christ on thecross and the precious blood He shed for theremission of sins will not help anybody unless theman makes the full payment for it. That paymentis not made by silver and gold or righteous works.Our good works cannot meet the standards of God that He should come down and stay in ourhearts. The Bible tells, “But we are all as anunclean thing, and all our righteousnesses areas filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf;and our iniquities, like the wind, have takenus away” (Isa. 64:6). God says in Isaiah 55:1that we are invited to the God’s provision of Salvation when we show Him a consciousness of need and humbleness and repentance, and that isthe price a man has to pay. If it is not so paid byman, Salvation will never come to him. Withoutsuch experience of Salvation, the celebration of Christmas is nothing but mocking God and thedevil encourages people for that. Are you aChristmas Christian or a born-again Christian?(John 3:3). Jesus Christ is not “25 th December”God. He Himself declared, “I am Alpha andOmega, the first and the last” (Rev. 1:11). WhenJesus washes a stable-like heart of a man withHis own precious blood, He comes to stay in himas per 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that  ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of the God dwelleth in you”? When thishappens, it becomes the Christmas day of thatman and God wants him to celebrate thatChristmas always, till his last breath.King Herod asked the Magi (wise men)who were following a star to inform him whereJesus was born, so that he too may go and worshipHim (Matt. 2:8). Herod’s heart was not trulyseeking for worship of Jesus. In fact, he wanteddeath to Jesus. The people who want to celebrateChristmas without Jesus living in and through themare like Herod, false worshipers. After celebrationof many such Christmas festivals, they will simplygo to hell. Jesus came into this world not formerry-making Christmas worshipers, but to say, “…if any man will come after me, let him denyhimself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matt. 16:24).Dear reader, please check up your realrelationship with Jesus, your Creator and prepareto meet Him in the Rapture day, any time now. 5 5 5  4 WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFEDecember, 2011 Editor, Printer & Publisher : DR. T. SATYA RAO, New Jerusalem, 76/3RT, ,Vijayanagar Colony, HYDERABAD-500057. A.P. India. Phone : 23348680, Email : raptureverysoon@yahoo.com Blog: www.christfortheneedy.blogspot.com “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of theworld to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21) The Rapture is coming soon!! The Rapture is coming soon!! The Rapture is coming soon!! The Rapture is coming soon!! The Rapture is coming soon!!   Don't Miss THE ALL INDIA HOLY CONVOCATION To be held, in His will,at  MOUNT CARMEL PRAYER HOUSE Christian Colony (Opp. Hastinapur Colony), Sagar Road, Hyderabad 500 070.Phone : 91-40-24243608, 23348680E-mail : raptureverysoon@yahoo.com Web : christfortheneedy.blogspot.com DATES:11 th January, 2012 (Wednesday Evening) to15 th January, 2012 (Sunday Noon) Time:General Meetings : Morning 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Evening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also family prayermeetings, Sisters meetings, Youth & Children gatherings etc.Sunday Service 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Speakers: Anointed Messengers of God. Theme :  SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION Food and accommodation will be provided to those who come from outstations. Please bringyour Bible and bedding. Dr. T. Satya Rao& Co-workers “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of  the earth” (Genesis 7:4)Contact number at Rly. Station: 09849245281 The end of all things is nearYour departure (Rapture) and his (Antichrist) arrival will  take place now! Are you prepared?Come and Hear What God wants you to hear !!
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