Man, created to worship the Creator, has in his thinking two divinely implanted truths, whether he chooses to accept them or not.  King Solomon, recalling his life out of the will of God pens a description of the futility of life apart from the Creator God, for in his thinking, there was imbedded a truth that was inescapable, devoid of human ability to ignore and hauntingly ever present amidst all attempts to substitute pleasure for unalterable Truth – “He [Creator God] has set eternity their heart” (Eccl 3:11).  No amount of sublimation to ease the thought or fear of life beyond the grave could bring any peace to Solomon’s life. There was more to life than just this earthly experience, for the soul and spirit of man was destined for eternity with God or apart from Him.  A second irrefutable divine Truth is given to us by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.  “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:18-20).  The apostle reveals that no person born in any time period of history, in any location, from the remotest or the most populist areas, is ignorant of the existence of a Creator God.  Mankind may not accept that truth and choose to worship a god of his own creation, but that does not eliminate his clear understanding at some point in his life of the existence of a true God not made with human hands or a figment of man’s imagination. Thus when God declares that mankind is without excuse, He places His integrity on the line and resoundingly affirms His desire not none should perish.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  And the time finally came for God to enter the human race and fulfill His promise of a Savior.  It was an inconceivable act of grace and love, for no religion in the world spoke of their god condescending to become man and dwell among men.  Man in unbelief and worshipping his own creation strives hopelessly to attain access to his god ever wondering if his efforts are sufficient to assuage his inanimate deity.  “But God who is rich in mercy … at the right time in history” sent forth His Son, born exactly as prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures so that He (Jesus) might redeem mankind out of the slave market of sin.  From the manger bed, the incarnate God spoke to the Father … "Behold, I have come to do Thy will" (Heb 10:9).  Paul expounds on this truth in writing to the churches in Philippi … “who [Christ], although He existed in the form [essence] of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6-8).  Christ came into the world to die on the Cross and pay in full the penalty of our sin before a righteous God.  That He did, a once for all sacrifice for sin, and now God the Father offers as a free gift eternal life to all who will accept by faith Christ’s payment for sin.  Just as we give gifts to friends and loved one at this time of year, so the Heavenly Father gave us His Son and emphatically states … “He who believes inthe Son has eternal life” (John 3:36a).  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor 9:15)!

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