A Gift for 120,000 Assyrians


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What a beautiful artwork is this Christmas wreath that I received yesterday; all sparking in gold and silver!  One thing that caught my attention is the little cross that dangling down from the top to the hollow middle of wreath.

The cross, the cross … what great love that God has shown us sinners living in this hopeless world!

Christmas is here and His cross is always before me. I have no desire for more gifts because I have already received the best and the priceless gift from my Lord Jesus Christ: His forgiveness and a future in His everlasting kingdom.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1).

Jesus left His heavenly throne to come to live with us. He taught us the truth, love, and the way to salvation.  He suffered the agony of separation from His Father while bearing our sins on that cross.  He died on that tree so that we could have peace with God.

What a divine gift that God gave to the 120,000 Assyrians and what a divine grace that God redeemed me! God did not annihilate Nineveh because they sincerely repented; the king, the nobles, all adults, children and animals covered in sackcloth, fast, stop doing evil, and cry out to God urgently.  (Jonah 3:4-10).

Jonah hated the Assyrians; and he was angry with God because God did not destroy Nineveh.

And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also so much cattle (Jonah 4:11)

Today there are still many people around us do not know their right hand from their left. They don’t even know that there is hope and peace in this dying world, neither do they know that the gift of salvation from God is free for them to take.

Christmas tree and all the wrapped gifts … I am interested in none of these, but the resurrected savior whom I adore.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Merry Christmas!


The author accepted the Lord since 1996. She likes to paint, read, design, travels, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoys observing God's creation.
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