The Prophet Jeremiah, writing 600 years before Christ, wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”(17:9) Other translations are even stronger saying the heart is “desperately corrupt”. This is not just the raving of an Old Testament seer on a bad day. This is a true statement of our condition before God. Jesus said, that “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”(Matthew 15:19) Mankind, including you dear brother and sister, and me “great preacher” that I am, have a heart condition that is beyond any earthly cure. We hate to admit it, but we are broken and helpless, kneeling before a Baby in a Bethlehem stable. That Baby is the only source of our heart change, and our ability to come into the presence of God. But that is the very reason He is there. God loves you, and me, so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that as we believe in Him, we will not perish, but have everlasting life.(John 3:16) The cross of Calvary hung over that dirty stable giving us a heart change, and bringing us hope and life.