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Matters of Faith: Christmas is the beginning of many things

By Gus Macropoulos, deacon, Spirit of Life Christian Church
updated: 1/4/2019 11:05 AM

The entire month of December we talked about the true meaning of Christmas. Now I would like to make one more point about Christmas. It was the beginning of many things, but it isn't the end of anything.

Jesus's death and resurrection and even his return in the form of the Holy Spirit was not the end but a beautiful beginning. I think about it as new life. How exciting! John 12:24 says it better than I can, "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone but its death will produce many new kernels -- a plentiful harvest of new life."

We can see all of the new life that came out of Jesus's birth, death and resurrection. The church was born. And no one could have been saved and living new lives.

You see, what seems like the end sometimes is really the beginning. Jesus' death is an example of this. Jesus said himself that this would keep growing; that's what he meant when he said "You will do even greater things than this."

Jesus does not save us so we can stay where we are spiritually; he expects us to produce fruit. We always talk about the big movement that Jesus caused when he walked the earth. People, he is still here. We should have a bigger movement now than then.

That is why he said we will do greater things. How do we get this done? We get this done by telling people about Jesus. Don't tell them like he is a person in a story or in a book; tell them about the Jesus that saved you from the pits of hell. He then taught you how to live, forgive, and extend love to our fellow men. Most of all show them Jesus is alive and real.

I'm going to leave you with the words that Jesus told us about how to keep this growing. (Matthew 28:19-20) "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

I love you and so does Jesus!

• I would like to thank Dianna Kuhnert for helping me put these articles out and a special thanks to the women who saw me at Walmart in the cold rain (ringing the Salvation Army bell) and got me a hot chocolate. God bless you!