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Every tree was decorated with twinkling illuminations; the adults were busy preparing for Christmas party; children happily exchanged Christmas gifts with each other…. The whole city is rife with Christmas atmosphere, and all people are enjoying the happiness brought by Christmas. The cheerful atmosphere also makes me feel better. And at the same time, I feel a little curious: Where does Christmas come from?
One of my good friends is a . While we were chatting, I asked her about the origin of Christmas, and she told me, “Christmas is celebrated in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ who became the Son of man on earth and redeemed all . At the beginning, Jehovah God set forth laws and commandments in the Age of Law. Then as man was corrupted by Satan and became eviler, they could not keep the laws and would be condemned to death at any time because of offending the laws. God couldn’t bear seeing the mankind He personally created perish this way. Therefore, in order to enable man to live on, God became flesh, did His work on earth, and finally accomplished the work of crucifixion and redeemed all mankind. As a result, those who believe in Him received the sin offering andwere forgiven of their sins as long as they pray to God. Just as the Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting .’ (John 3:16)” Hearing her words, I couldn’t help sighing with emotion, “So there is such a great story behind Christmas!”
She nodded and continued, “Although mankind was forgiven of their sins because of the redemption of Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering, and did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to take on the sins of man as the sin offering, but also required God to do greater work to completely rid man of his disposition, which has been corrupted by Satan. And so, after man was forgiven his sins, God returned to flesh to lead man into the new age, and began the work of chastisement and judgment, which brought man to a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From the word of God, we can see that Almighty God—the return of in the does a new stage of work, judges and purifies man with His powerful word, and completely saves man from the influence of Satan. All those who accept God’s work of the last days will receive greater blessings from God.” What she said aroused my curiosity, and then I asked, “What’s the relationship between the three stages of work done by God?”, their sinful nature is deep rooted, and so, they often live in the state of committing sins and making confession, unable to extricate themselves. If man wants to get rid of their corrupt disposition completely and break free from the control and bondage of Satan, they need God’s further work. Just as says, ‘
My good friend said, “The God we believe in today is Jehovah who led mankind to live on earth in the Age of Law, and is the Lord Jesus—the sin offering in the Age of Grace, and is even more Almighty God who judges and purifies mankind in the Age of Kingdom. The three stages of work are done by one God. Because of the change in era, each stage of work is based on the previous work. For example, wiothout the work in the Age of Law, there would have been no redemptive work in the Age of Grace; if it were not for the redemptive work in the Age of Grace, the work of purification of today in the Age of Kingdom would not exist. The three stages of work are closely and inseparably linked one to the next.” Then, she read another passage of God’s words, “The work done at present has pushed forward the work of the Age of Grace; that is, the work in the entire six-thousand-year management plan has moved forward. Though the Age of Grace has ended, the work of God has progressed further. Why do I say time and again that this stage of work builds upon the Age of Grace and the Age of Law? This means that the work of this day is a continuation of the work done in the Age of Grace and an uplifting of that done in the Age of Law. The three stages are closely interconnected and linked one to the next. Why do I also say that this stage of work builds on that done by Jesus? If this stage did not build on the work done by Jesus, then in this stage the crucifixion, the work of redemption done previously, would still need to be carried out. This would be meaningless. Therefore, it is not that the work has completely finished, but that the age has moved forward, and the work has become even higher than before. It could be said that this stage of work is built on the foundation of the Age of Law and the rock of the work of Jesus. The work is built stage by stage, and this stage is not a new beginning. Only the combination of the three stages of work can be deemed the six-thousand-year management plan.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
The moment I read these words, I realized that the arrival of the Lord Jesus means that God concluded the Age of Law and began the Age of Grace. God’s redemptive work in the Age of Grace has laid foundation for the work of judgment in the last days. And only in this way can man receive God’s complete salvation. Almighty God’s words also reminded me that the arrival of Jesus is of the utmost importance for God’s whole management plan. Without Jesus, there wouldn’t have been His work in the Age of Grace; without the work of redemption, nor would there be the work of purification today. If so, man would lose God’s salvation forever. Thinking about this, I felt more grateful to the Lord Jesus, and I felt even more fortunate that I heard the end-time gospel of Almighty God—the return of the Lord Jesus! Thank God!
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Source from : Hymn of the Heart