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Why Jesus Came

From my family, I would like to greet each of you an advanced blessed Christmas! I encourage you to watch The Nativity Story with your family or friends. Then, after the movie, you can share the good news of salvation to them. Again, God gave us an open door to share the Gospel at Hollywood’s expense!

Let me share with you the real score behind the nativity. Romans 5:6-10 gives us the reasons why Jesus came. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”[1]

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The Nativity

Mike Rich, a Hollywood screenwriter (Finding Forrester and The Rookie), was more than pleased when he saw that Time and Newsweek both had the birth of Christ in their 2004 covers. An evangelical Christian, Rich felt stirred to write a story about the events surrounding the event.

He intensely researched for eleven months before sitting down to write. It took him a whole month to finish the script. Then, as an executive producer, he worked on crafting a movie for almost a year. With an award-winning line-up (like Keisha Castle-Hughes of Whale Rider as Mary and Oscar Isaacs of Syriana as Joseph), the production filmed in Italy and Morocco. It was such an international cast with actors and actresses from twenty-three nations that on the set you can hear seven languages spoken.

The result? The Nativity Story.

Rich creatively focused on recreating the human side of the story, that is, the love story of Mary and Joseph, the shocking news that she is pregnant of wedlock and the reaction of Jose…

Compelled by Love

A man was surprised to receive a letter from his former girlfriend. Her letter goes like this:

Dearest Jimmy, No words could ever express the great sorrow I’ve felt since breaking up with you. Please say you’ll take me back in your arms. No one could ever take your place in my heart. So please forgive me. I love you... I love you... I love you! Yours forever, Marie.

P.S. And congratulations on winning the state lottery.[1]

Such “love” is actually selfish. It looks out only for its own interest. It is not something you want to be yours forever.

But this is not the case with God’s love. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8, NIV) That’s the kind of love one would want to have forever.

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