Genesis 3:26-29, Galatians 4:1-7 & Romans 5:8 Each December, millions of people around the world watch Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s A Wonderful Life. Although it wasn’t a hit when it debuted, it has become a Christmas classic. In a Time magazine essay, Roger Rosenblatt pondered the film’s continuing appeal. He concluded that the story is really about friendship. That helps to explain why we often feel choked up as we watch George Bailey’s family and friends rally around him in his time of greatest need. Rosenblatt said, “Just when George thinks he’s alone in the world, the world shows up to declare its love for him.” That sentence seems to capture the essence of our celebration of the birth of Jesus. Just when we thought we were alone in the world, Christ came to declare God’s love for us. Not only did God send His Son into the world at exactly the right time (Galatians 4:4-5), but He also demonstrated “his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). That’s the message of Christmas that opens the door to a wonderful life—the joy of knowing Christ and living in His love. Have you received the gift of eternal life that He offers to you? If not, do so today. A wonderful life is yours when you know the Christ of Christmas. // Today’s Crosstraining is part of a two week series from Our Daily Bread: Christmas Edition //]]>

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