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Why did Jesus, whose human birth we celebrate at this time of year, have to die?

First of all, mankind had fallen from favor with God. Something had to be done to buy us back. We had to be “redeemed,” just like a person who pawned his guitar has to pay the broker to get it back.

What would be valuable enough to pay for the sins of all people, past, present and future? A trainload of diamonds? Not enough! An oil tanker filled with gold nuggets? Hardly!

It would require the most valuable thing in the entire universe, which is the life blood of the very Son of God! How could God love this sinful world so much that he would sacrifice his only begotten son? The same unexplainable way that a mother can continue to love an incorrigible child.

But there was a problem: Divine beings cannot die. In order to sacrifice his son for our redemption, Jesus had to become human. To accomplish this he was born of the Virgin Mary. It was then possible for him to shed his blood and die to pay this incomprehensible debt.

This season has much to do with gift-giving. God has given to us an awesome gift: The opportunity for eternal life in heaven with him. There could be no better time to accept this “Christmas present” than today! Simply tell Jesus you are sorry for your sins, and ask him to come into your heart.

Lloyd Harnishfeger, Pandora

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