Last week, I mentioned the prophecy about Jesus Christ in Isaiah – He is Immanuel – God with us. I think we get stuck on warm fuzzy thinking of God being with us. The reason Jesus came was to save people from sins. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about sin. I think we struggle admitting the ugliness of sin in our lives. Maybe that is why we have so much grumpiness during this Christmas season.
I wonder if the remedy for negativity is admitting our sin and asking Jesus to forgive us. We might have more joy to share with others. I think it is worth a try.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus came to save us from our sins. Please help us to admit our sin and ask forgiveness. Thank You for the joy of being forgiven.
After the trouble we have seen the last couple of years, we might think we need to be saved from the troubles of life. The Israelites in Jesus’ day wanted a Savior. They had been told the Messiah was coming. The Bible records the prophecy such as Isaiah 7:14. What was missed at that time (and is now) is the fact that Jesus came to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). He did not come to save us from troubling circumstances. He came to save us from the wrong in us. I believe if more of us were aware of that need, we would have fewer troubling situations. However, too many reject Jesus Christ completely. Some of us after placing our trust in Jesus don’t live as though we know Him. I pray this Christmas season we learn more about Jesus and seek to show we know Him. This is the only salvation we need.
Dear Heavenly Father, we groan with the trials we have faced. Thank You for sending Jesus to save us from the burden and penalty of sin. Please help us to seek You more each day.
I don’t know about you, but I have noticed more grumpiness this year than other Decembers. The last two years have been tough for sure. We can get busy and focused on our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s plans. I think we forget the real reason for Christmas – no wonder we have so much grumpiness. However, God is still good. Very good. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born as a baby. Jesus came to save us from our sins. What can bring more joy than knowing that?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save us. Thank You for the joy You give. Please help us to share this joy with others,