Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day: Jesus is the awaited Messiah and Savior

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, The Lord.  
Luke 2:11

Today is it.  We celebrate Jesus and the greatest gift every given.  Despite all the chaos and stress, Christmas comes and goes.  The way I make the most of it is where I put my focus.  It could be on hosting dinner, finding the perfect gift, attending a record number of church services or it could be on Jesus.  I will never give or receive any better and greater gift than that baby born to a virgin in a barn 2000+ years ago.  He is the True Reason for our celebration.

Jesus was born to die for us.  He is the Lamb of God to pay the price for all of our sins.  He is the Messiah, the long awaited one.  He fulfilled many scripture prophecies that night He was born.  All of Heaven was waiting and rejoicing.  What a sight that would've been to be a shepherd when the heavenly hosts were praising God.  We will see that one day :)

Is Jesus the One you have been waiting for in your life?  Is He your personal Savior?  Run to Him because He will open His arms in love and receive you.  How will you praise Him for saving each one of us?  What words of worship will you offer Him on this Christmas Day?

Merry Christmas and Enjoy the Day with your family celebrating our Lord!!!

In His Love,
A

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve, The last and 26th Day of Advent: Jesus is Emmanuel

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel. 
Isaiah 7:14
 
Today is THE day before THE BIG DAY.  Tomorrow we celebrate Jesus' birth, but today is the last day to prepare our hearts.  Emmanuel or Immanuel (Greek vs. Hebrew spelling) means God with us.  Literally Jesus is God walking among the humans.  He didn't leave alone all those years ago.  We are now anointed or given the Holy Spirit to live inside of us.  He is the third Person of the Trinity and is just as much God as Jesus and God the Father.  

We experience God with us every moment of very day, no matter what we are doing!! How wonderful and awesome is that?!  Will you offer up some praise, thanksgiving and worship?  In what ways is God with you today and this season of your life?

I have tomorrow's post scheduled so I can unplug from social media and focus on Jesus and my family :)

Merry Christmas!!

In His Love,
A
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

25th Day of Advent: Jesus is King of kings

 
 
"They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers."
Revelation 17:14
 
It's Christmas Eve Eve.  In two days we will be celebrating the King who was born as a baby in a dirty stable.  This year is even more special for me because I am studying Revelation at BSF.  We have seen His glory and majesty as He sits on the throne in Heaven.  I can see what He left for us, so that we could experience it forever with Him.   

There is no other King like Him.  He rules over all other kings, humans, animals: all of creation.  But He isn't a ruthless King but loving and gentle.  He is the best King we could ever ask for.  One who laid down His life to pay the price His subjects couldn't.  

So this year when you look at that manger scene, will you see the babe as a King?  The One who holds the power to open the scroll of God.  The One who had all the glory in Heaven, yet left it so that He could save you.  How will you worship Him as the days are dwindling to Christmas Day?  What words of praise will you savor these next couple of days as you reflect on His majesty and grace?

In His Love,
A

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

24th Day of Advent: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus answered them, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." 
John 14:6
 
Today's "name" of Jesus is very similar to Him as the Gate, because He is the Way to Heaven.  But today we add more.  He is not only the Way but also the Truth and the Life.  He gave His life as a sacrifice so that we are not bound by these human, mortal lives but so we could have eternal life with Him forever and ever!! 
 
Do you allow Jesus to guide your way in life?  Is He the Truth on which you stand?  Have you found eternal life in Him?  These are questions that are invoked by this attribute of Jesus.  How can you praise Him today because He provided a Way when we couldn't?  Does it take a burden off your shoulders?  Can you feel the peace that only He provides?   
 
Today is short and sweet but reflect on how you allow Jesus to play a role in your life, if He even does.
 
In His Love,

Monday, December 21, 2015

23rd Day of Advent: Jesus is the Gate

 
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out, and find pasture."
John 10:9

How Jesus be a Gate?  Where are we entering that we need to go through Him?  The answer: Heaven.  There is only One Way to Heaven and it's through Jesus.  What does that mean?  We need to believe in Him as our Savior.  We cannot save ourselves.  No amount of good deeds will outweigh all the bad ones.  The entrance to Heaven also cannot be earned.  God gives it to us freely by grace, but we must believe.  If we are in Jesus, meaning we have confessed with our mouths, Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that He was raised from the dead by God, we are saved (Paraphrase Romans 10:9).  That's the entrance fee to Heaven.  

Jesus is standing as the Gate, waiting for you to come.  Run to Him and make that confession because what is waiting for us there is not only eternal life but eternal worship of our Creator and Savior.  That is the hope we have to hold onto in this world.  It is also the Power, Truth, and Reason we celebrate this week.  Jesus' birth provided the perfect human life that could take on the sins of the world while His infinite and eternal Godly nature could take them on for everyone.  His birth gave way to His death, so that we could live forever and ever with Him in Heaven.  

How will you worship Him knowing that He was born to die and be the Gate for your entrance into Heaven?  Do you acknowledge Him as the Gate?  What words of praise can you offer Him this morning as you reflect on Him as the reason for our Christmas celebrations?

In His Love,
A