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,
I fear the concept of truth has been taking hits for many years. We confuse opinion with truth. We have to form opinions – it is in our nature, but I think we need to be careful about the basis for our opinions.
One thing I know for sure is that Jesus, Who is God, came to earth to be born as a baby. He grew up to die to save us from our sins. Many in the world today do not know the truth of Jesus. This has caused us to be at war with each other. If we were to focus on and cling to Jesus Christ, we could stop the warring. Jesus is the only way to peace.
I enjoy Christmas songs that remind us of this truth. One is the song “Glorious Light” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Ian Hannah.
Glorious light! see the dawn of Salvation: Angels in white fill the skies with their wondrous song; Awakening earth with news of His birth; Join the hymn of the highest heavens!
Long has the world fought the song of the angels. Heavenly music is drowned by a warring world; Yet hope burns a light, that shatters the night; Turn your heart to the call of glory!
Glory to God in the highest! Peace to men on earth. Come and adore Him with wonder – Christ Lord of Heaven and earth.
Keith & Kristyn Getty and Ian Hannah
As I have said before, I pray you know Jesus. He is the only way to have peace and joy.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus. Thank You for the beautiful music many have written about Your Son. Please open eyes to the truth of Who Jesus truly is. Please help me to be an instrument of that truth.
Humility is a concept that is often considered distasteful in our society today. I think we decide as long as we don’t have extreme arrogance, we aren’t so bad. However, as a child of God, my example of Jesus Christ shows a much deeper kind of humility. Although He is God, He chose to be born as a baby. Then He grew up to be a servant – willing to die. This isn’t the glorious story we tend to like. Humility is grueling work. I believe this hard work is worth it. Jesus is worthy of my allegiance. Humility is following His example.
This Christmas, I hope you will look at the example of Jesus Christ. His way is the only way to find peace and joy during tough times and good ones.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the truth of Jesus coming to be born as a baby. Thank You for His example of humility. Please help me to learn humility and live that example to all who see my life. May they see You in my life.
There can be no surprise that opinions abound regarding Christmas, just as they do with most things. As I have stated many times in my writing, I believe in the Bible as a solid foundation. The Bible tells us the origins of Christmas. The real deal – not something made up. I know not everyone believes the Bible, but I have found the Bible to be true and trustworthy.
The Bible tells us that we are sinners. We have chosen to do wrong, hurtful things (Romans 3:10). The Bible tells us there is a punishment for wrong (Romans 6:23). The punishment is more than we can pay – we can only be saved by faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The verse I posted today tells us about Christmas. When the time God chose came, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of Mary. Jesus grew up to die on the cross. His shed blood paid the penalty for our sin (Hebrews 9:22). This makes it possible for us to be a part of God’s family. Those of us who have trusted in Christ know the joy of becoming God’s child. I pray you will learn this if you have not. There is no greater joy.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to be born to pay the penalty for our sin. Please help me to share this joy with others. I want to see them come to know You and the joy only You can bring.
Can you believe it is already December? At times this year it felt like the days were dragging, but now we have begun the last month of 2020.
In this last month of the year, I want to focus on the gospel at Christmas. Some have said that Christmas is only a commercial time when retailers take advantage of people and feed greed. While greed is a reality, so is generosity. Negative happens, so why don’t we combat negativity with some positive truth?
The truth is that because we are sinners, Jesus Christ came to earth to be born under humble circumstances. He grew up to die on the cross for our sins. He chose to become a man and suffer the same way we do. The difference is that He never sinned. That is part of the glory John 1:14 is talking about. Due to the grace and truth that comes from God the Father, we can have hope and joy for the future.
If you do not know Jesus Christ according to what the Bible says, then I hope you will seek the truth. I am happy to share what God has taught me.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to a humble birth so I can know grace and truth. Please help me to share this with everyone I meet. I want them to know the joy that only comes from knowing You.
I pray you have a blessed Christmas. We like to enjoy the time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, too many Christmas cookies and the list goes on. I hope you take the time to stop and remember Jesus and the true reason for Christmas.
We typically spend the month of December thinking about Christmas and all of the traditions that go with it. However, I hope we remember who Jesus is all year long. Don’t forget that the character traits the Bible tells about Jesus when He humbled Himself and came to earth as a baby are true all the time.