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What's missing from your Christmas?

Some years back the TV chef, Nigella Lawson, told the nation that Christmas would not be Christmas without her glazed ham, and that the season was summed up by her prune cake.

For all her cooking prowess I would have to say that Nigella was talking nonsense.

As a Christian I want to declare that Christmas would not be Christmas without what many consider to be the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one & only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.

These 26 words in John's gospel sum up Christmas far more than any glazed ham or prune cake.

Consider the first two words of John 3:16: “For God”.

These two little words teach one of the great themes running throughout the Bible, namely salvation begins with God.

The Bible teaches that because sin separates and cuts us off from God, we are incapable of seeking God.

The prophet Isaiah puts it, “we all like sheep have turned” away – turned away from God.

Therefore, in order for us to be right with God God Himself had to make the first move; He had to do something for us that we could not do for ourselves.

God has done something and has made the first move: “For God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son so that we might not perish”.

When we were unable to reach God, God reached us.

Here is one of the fundamental differences between the Christian faith and other world faiths: