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  • Christmas The Worlds Greatest Love Story

    Nearly everyone enjoys a good love story, and there

    is no greater love story than the story of Christmas.

    It all began in a beautiful garden

    many, many years ago

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    Special thanks to Sharon Losey,

    Mary Enbom, Sibylla Ortiz, and Kathy Coons

    for their help in editing and for sharing their great ideas.

    Dedicated to those who have never

    heard this incredible story

    Copyright 2003

    Chris R. Losey

    Clear View Books

    Chris Losey grew up in Calistoga, California. He received his Bachelor of Science

    degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1973.

    After serving for five years as an infantry officer in the Army, he resigned his

    commission and returned to school receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Western

    Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, in 1982. After graduation Chris

    returned to the military where he served as a chaplain in the Air Force retiring in 1994.

    Since then he and his wife Sharon have ministered at Valley Baptist Church in San

    Rafael, California, where Chris serves as senior pastor. Chris and Sharon have been

    married for 35 years and have two children, Christine and Rob.

    All Scripture quotes taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB),

    Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995

    by the Lockman Foundation

    Artwork comes from PrintShop and PrintMaster Art Libraries

    If you have questions or want to order more copies of this book, call 415-892-7429.

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    The Story Unfolds

    Chapter 1 Loves Provision - The Beautiful Garden

    Chapter 2 Loves Desire A Faithful Relationship

    Chapter 3 Loves Heartbreak Bad Choices

    Chapter 4 Loves Brokenness Painful Consequences

    Chapter 5 Loves Plan Redemption

    Chapter 6 Loves Fulfillment A Child is Born

    Chapter 7 Loves Sacrifice The Rugged Cross

    Chapter 8 Loves Victory An Empty Grave

    Chapter 9 Loves Invitation To Receive the Gift

    Chapter 10 Loves Choice Will You Believe?

    Chapter 11 Loves Assurance Secure in Christ

    Chapter 12 Loves Journey The Importance of Health

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    Authors Note

    At a family Christmas gathering the

    host said, As part of the festivities

    lets read the Christmas story.

    Someone chimed in, Twas the

    night before Christmas when all

    through the house, not a creature

    was stirring, not even a mouse

    Smiling, the host gently interrupted

    and said, The Christmas story to

    which I was referring is the real

    Christmas story He then invited everyone to sit down as

    he opened his Bible and began to read the account of

    Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus...

    Unfortunately, reading the story of the first Christmas

    doesnt give the complete picture. To really understand

    Christmas, it is essential to understand why it was

    necessary in the first place. It is equally important to

    understand how the story is incomplete without the

    events of Easter.

    It is thus the purpose of this small book to tell the story of

    Christmas from beginning to end in simple terms. It is an

    amazing story of love Gods love for the most unique

    creatures ever to walk the face of the earth humans.

    May the story warm your heart. CRL

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    Chapter 1

    Loves Provision - The Beautiful Garden

    When people love each other, they desire to give each other the very best

    Along the Hudson River across from West Point, New York, the

    scenery is breathtaking. Deciduous trees cover the rolling hills like

    a green carpet in summer and become a painted canvas splashed

    with yellows, oranges, and reds during the fall.

    In the distance, in the endless sea of trees, there used to be a huge

    unfinished building that was a mans dream. He planned to build a

    castle for the woman he loved. He wanted to provide her the very

    best of everything. Unfortunately their relationship ended before

    the mansion was finished, and the work was halted. For many

    years the unfinished house stood as a testimony to love and the

    heartbreak that love sometimes brings.

    When God created the first human, Adam, God showed him His love by placing him in

    a beautiful garden. God wanted Adam to

    have the best of everything. Genesis 2:7,8

    states,

    Then the Lord God formed man of

    dust from the ground, and breathed

    into his nostrils the breath of life; and

    man became a living being. And the

    Lord God planted a garden toward the

    east, in Eden; and there He placed the

    man whom He had formed.

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    Soon after creating the first man, God created the first woman, and

    she and the man lived together in the garden God made for them.

    Undoubtedly, the garden was beyond compare. Among its lush

    vegetation stood trees full of scrumptious fruit all ripe and ready

    to eat. There was also plenty of water. A river ran out of the area

    and branched into four other rivers. This probably meant the

    garden was rather large. It wasnt the typical backyard garden but

    extended over a wide area.

    Life was good, and Gods provision for mankind was glorious.

    Because He loved them, He provided everything they needed.

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    Chapter 2

    Loves Hope - Faithfulness

    Everyone who enters a loving relationship hopes the one he or she loves will remain faithful.

    Few sights are more beautiful than an older couple where husband

    and wife have remained faithful to each other through the years.

    Recently while shopping in a mall with my wife, I saw an elderly

    couple walking arm in arm. They werent moving quickly, but they

    didnt seem to care. The joy of being together was obvious in their

    eyes.

    I even observed from a distance one of their verbal exchanges.

    Although I couldnt hear the words, their expressions and smiles

    spoke of long-standing love and consideration. Knowing several

    couples who have celebrated 50 years of marriage, I couldnt help

    wonder if this was another couple going the distance. It was a

    delight to see such old, yet fresh love.

    When God created Adam and Eve, He not only hoped they would be faithful to each

    other; He hoped they would be faithful to

    Him.

    In order to have a meaningful relationship

    with them, God gave Adam and Eve the

    ability to make moral choices. He did not

    want them to respond to Him like robots. He

    wanted them to choose to follow His ways

    because they loved and trusted Him.

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    As their Creator, God knew what was best for the couple. He knew

    the dangers lurking in the Garden.

    In order to protect Adam and Eve, God gave them explicit

    instructions. They were permitted to eat of the fruit of any tree in

    the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They

    could show their love and devotion to God by obeying this one

    simple command.

    Although we dont know much about the forbidden fruit, God

    placed it in the garden to allow Adam and Eve free choice, and to

    help them learn the importance of obedience. The couple needed to

    trust God and believe He had their best interest at heart. Indeed,

    God did.

    Life in the garden was wonderful; plenty of food and water,

    beautiful scenery, and a loving companion to share it with.

    The question remained, Would Adam and Eve remain faithful?

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    Chapter 3

    Loves Heartbreak Bad Choices

    Bad choices can bring heartbreak to any relationship.

    Heather and Steve had been married for fourteen years. Although

    their marriage was good, Steve became attracted to a woman at a

    local health club. She made him feel young again. Before long

    Steve found himself frequenting the club when the woman was

    there. They spent time together talking and laughing. In his heart

    Steve knew what he was doing was wrong, but he also felt the

    relationship was relatively harmless.

    Steve didnt bother telling the woman that he was married, and she

    never asked. Within a few months Steve was having dinner and

    going on secret rendezvous with the woman in a nearby town. He

    told his wife he was meeting with clients.

    One thing led to another, and the woman soon announced to Steve

    she was pregnant with his child. Steve suggested an abortion and

    the woman agreed. In her fragile emotional state the woman called

    Steves home. Heather answered the phone and soon put two and

    two together. Steves bad choices devastated their marriage

    causing untold heartbreak.

    As the all-wise heavenly Father, God wanted Adam and Eve to avoid the pain of bad choices. He hoped they would listen to Him

    and not eat the forbidden fruit.

    Just as evil lurks in the world today, so it was in the Garden of

    Eden. It came in the form of Satan, who appeared to Eve as a

    serpent.

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    Satan had once served as one of Gods most important angels, but

    rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven to the earth along

    with other rebellious angels. It was now