Redemption in a Stable
By Rad Khan
Have you ever been told that you owed a debt that you could never hope to repay? When someone told me this, everything around me seemed meaningless. Life seemed devoid of meaning; it seemed a pointless existence. I found myself comparing my life to that of nature, to that of the animals, but then the realization hit me – all these things had a purpose for their existence. All these things were there for our enjoyment, pleasure, and sustenance – they lived and died without any thought of tomorrow, without any thought of eternity. But what of me, what was my final end? What of my eternity?
I had never really questioned my final destination before; I had never really questioned where I was going to be for eternity. These things were a foreign concept to me, as I was a Muslim from birth. I believed that if I was submissive to God (Allah), and if he was pleased with my life and I fulfilled all that he required of me, then I would live with him for eternity in paradise.
But then I was told that I owed a debt that I could never hope to pay. This was followed by the statement that we are all sinners, and no amount of sacrifice on my part could get me to live for eternity with God. Nothing I could do or hope to do would ever be good enough; no amount of money was ever going to be sufficient to cover the cost of my sins.
This was difficult for me to comprehend. It was difficult to comprehend the fact that I was a sinner from birth – a sinner who was in need of redemption; a sinner who was need of a savior. But then I asked myself these questions: Who would be foolish enough to die for me? Who would give his life for mine? Who would love me enough to pay all the debt that I owed for my sins? Why would I be so special that someone would give his life for me? What about all of creation?
These were my thoughts when I was told that I owed a debt that I could never pay.
The person that told me about my debt, invited me to church one Christmas and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with me. It set me on a path of searching and seeking the truth. The realization began to dawn on me during that Christmas service, as the "Christmas Story" was told. It was titled, "REDEMPTION IN A STABLE."
The minister started by reading John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (NKJV)
This was the reason for the birth of Jesus Christ; this was the sum total of what CHRISTMAS is all about. God our creator loved us so much that He sent His Son down to earth, to be born of a virgin and to pay the penalty for our sins. No sin was too great, as through one man’s sin, sin entered into the world; and through one man’s death, the price was paid for all our sins.
As I listened to the sermon that Christmas morning, I reflected on all the other Christmases that I had celebrated with my family as a child – they were times of happiness, times of sharing and giving of gifts. We would listen to the Christmas carols and enjoy the spirit of the season; something was definitely different about this time of the year!
The full impact of Christmas was birthed in my spirit on that day; it was the beginning of something new. It was the greatest gift that anyone could receive – it was a free gift that was offered to all, without measure or limitations.
Christmas is viewed as a time for celebration around the world – a time of celebration with gifts, food and drinks. It is a time for sharing with family and friends. Above all else, it is an expression of the fullness of God’s love towards us. This is the true message of CHRISTMAS:
Jesus Christ encompasses all that that Christmas is about.
He came to bring healing to all.
He came to redeem man and restore the fellowship between God and man.
He gives a peace that transcends all understanding.
His free gift offered to all mankind.
He transforms our lives by His Spirit.
He demonstrates His mercy towards all of us without measure.
He was born to pay the price for all of our sins.
The greatest gift for anyone to receive at Christmas is Jesus Christ.
Rad Khan was born in Guyana, South America. He was a Muslim from birth, until the age of 24, and then accepted Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the author of two books titled L-S-D (Lies, Secrets and Deception) and The Mind Field of Success or Defeat (ISBN # 1591601843 & 1597810223.) You can write to Rad care of the Letters page of this Magazine.
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"All have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us." - 1 John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
"For we know that our old self was crucified
with him so that the body of sin might be
done away with, that we should no longer
be slaves to sin - because anyone who has
died has been freed from sin." Romans 6:6,7
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