Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the most popular songs in the world, I suppose, is “Silent Night.”
After Great Britain entered World War I, when Christmas night rolled around, a British lieutenant heard the faint sound of German soldiers singing “Silent Night” in their own language. Little by little the guns grew silent. Then the British picked it up and began to sing the English version of the same song.
It was a perfect illustration of the peace that will prevail in the coming kingdom age when Jesus Christ rules the whole world. It is going to happen.
In that same war (WWI), a German soldier who was running from exploding shells looked ahead, saw a foxhole, and jumped in it. To his dismay, he found it already occupied by a badly wounded American soldier. The German soldier raised his gun with the bayonet and prepared to thrust it through the American soldier’s heart. The American, with weakened breath said, “Help me, Jesus.” Very slowly, the German soldier lowered his bayonet and, in broken English, said, “My mother served Jesus Christ.” With the name “Jesus” being uttered, instead of killing, that German soldier bandaged up the American’s wounds and saved his life.
Again, that is what will take place in the coming kingdom age when peace prevails.
If you have Jesus in your heart and in your life, you are a soul most fortunate and most blessed. If you don’t, then you can remedy that terrible wrong direction at this very moment by accepting Him as your Savior. You may wonder how this can be done, with you being hundreds or maybe even thousands of miles away. But it can be done easily!
We have, printed in this column, what we refer to as the sinner’s prayer. I want you to look at it carefully and literally read it on the page. If you will do so, and be sincere, as I know you will, then this can be the greatest Christmas that you’ve ever had, done so by the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Savior. Now I want you to repeat out loud the words you are about to read and mean them with all of your heart:
“Dear God in heaven, I come to You in the name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins, the way I have lived, the things I have done. Please forgive me and cleanse me with Your precious blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and with my heart, I believe that God has raised Him from the dead, and that He is alive. This very moment, I accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of my soul, and I make Him the Lord of my life. According to His word, at this very moment, I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven, and I am saved.”
Confess Him To Others
Sometime today tell somebody that you have given your heart to Christ. It will strengthen you and help you, greatly so.
Incidentally, we wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! And, for all of you who have just given your hearts to the Lord, you really can have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Praise God.
In the Master’s service, yours,