Jesus was born to die for mankind's sins so whoever accepts Him will have eternal life with Him.
Matthew 5:43-48, "You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? If you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not the pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Luke 6:27-36, "But I tell you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If one strikes your cheek, turn to him the other also. If he takes your coat, give him your cloak also. Do to others as you would have them do to you...Then your reward will be great and you will be the sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father in heaven is merciful."
One Day all sin and this fallen universe will melt with fervent heat. Sin will be no more. We see this in II Peter 3:10-13:
"The Day of the LORD will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be burnt up. Since everything will be destroyed in this manner, what kind of people ought you to be! Live holy and godly lives. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire and the elements will melt with fervent heat! But in keeping with His promise we (His Chosen through salvation) are looking for a New Heaven and a New Earth, the home of the righteous." Are you counted with the saved? Accept Jesus Christ as your savior, then make a New Year's resolution to love your enemies, do good to them who hate you.
Luke 2:8-20, "There were shepherds living out in the fields at night. An angel of the LORD appeared to them and the glory of the LORD shone all around them and they were so afraid.
"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the LORD. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
"Suddenly a great company of heavenly hosts appeared praising GOD and saying...
"Glory to GOD in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. The shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go and see.' They went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger."
Matthew 2:1-2, "Magi from the east came and asked, 'Where is the One Who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.' "
The Magi traveled thousands of miles to see the King of the Jews. When they found Him, they responded with joy, worship, and gifts. (Commentary pg 1642)
They saw Jesus' star referred to in Numbers 24:17. They had traveled many miles.
Matthew 2:11, "They (the Wise Men) saw the Child with His mother and opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
Their response was so different than ours today. Man expects GOD to come looking for us to explain Himself, prove Who He is, and to give us gifts! But those who are truly wise will seek and worship Jesus not for what they can get, but for Who He is, GOD in the flesh come to save mankind from their sins.
John 3:36, "Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son (Jesus) will not see life for GOD's wrath remains on them."
Be a "wise man (or woman)" and come to the salvation GOD has planned from before Creation (Ephesians 1:4-5) for those accepting Him!
Matthew 5:15-16, "A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone around.
Do you have the Light of salvation? If so, does you life shine the light of Christ to all around you? If not, all you need do is repent of your sins to the Savior, Jesus, and He will save you and confirm to you with the entering of His Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct your light to shine to others, believers and non-believers! Know the joy of your salvation in our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD!
There is a great eternal future for GOD's chosen and His animal kingdom!
Hosea 2:18, "In THAT DAY I (GOD) will make a covenant for them (saved mankind), with the beasts of the field...
"and the birds of the air...
"and the creatures that move on the ground."
(Insects of all kinds.)
The LORD has promised in His WORD that the animal kingdom will be as it was in its innocence in the Garden of Eden.
Isaiah 11:6-8, "The wolf will live with the lamb...
"...the leopard will lie down with the goat...
"...the lion with the yearling...
"...The cow will feed with the bear...
"The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and neither will be destroyed."
At that time the animals "...will neither harm or destroy on all His Holy Mountain, the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea!" (Isaiah 11:9)
John's words describes the New Heaven, the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:1-5, "I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem come down out of heaven from GOD. A loud voice from the throne said, 'Now the dwelling of GOD is with men. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. I have made everything New!"
Matthew 5:38-42, "You have heard it said, 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth' but I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
"If someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go a mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."
Our first reaction when we are offended is to retaliate. Instead, Jesus said, "do good to those who hate you." (Luke 6:27) Our desire should be to forgive as Jesus forgave. In fact, Jesus said, "If you do not forgive others their sins, your Father (in Heaven) will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:15) You know what that means! Jesus died for our sins and all who believe in Him will be saved. "Believe in the LORD Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household!" (Acts 16:31)
Everything that happens in our lives is to turn us toward our Loving GOD, whether it is of good or things that are bad. GOD is Good and in Him their is no evil. "GOD is Light and in Him there is no darkness." (I John 1:5) Light represents purity, goodness, truth, holiness. Darkness represents evil and sinfulness.
Sometimes the LORD allows things to happen to bring us to recognize He will provide our needs (I Timothy 6:17), but He is not the one who does the evil. Satan is waiting like an angel of light to lead us astray! (II Corinthians 11:14)
Everything that happens in our lives has a purpose!