Luke 2:11 The Best Gift Ever

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

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated in nearly every nation around the world. People all over the world love a reason to get together with family and friends and to give and receive gifts from each other.

At the same time many do not like Christmas because they have had a bad experience during the season, such as a loss of a loved one or a sickness. With bad memories they are depressed and do not have the hope that Christmas brings.

Luke tells how the angels told some shepherds that there was some great news, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord was born.

Getting together with family and friends and giving gifts is great, but if that is all there is to Christmas, there is no real hope and depression can set in. Many people around the world do not have any family or friends that they can celebrate with, leaving them without hope.

The world wants people to focus on the fun and gifts, rather than the best gift ever given. The world is all about self and in that is dying with no hope. It is just eat, drink, be merry and die…it is over. The sin, that mankind was allowed to do, only brought about temporary pleasure and eternal death.

God, in His infinite love, sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. Jesus is the good news, because He is able to remove sin and bring about eternal life. He came as a baby to grow and live as a human being in order to be able to say that living for God is possible, there is hope.

Believers can now rejoice and celebrate the greatest gift ever given–forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior.

If you struggle with the busyness of Christmas season or have painful memories of the season, look to Jesus for hope. Allow Jesus to forgive you of all the sins you have ever done. Allow Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit to transform you into a new creation with hope.

Give because Jesus gave. Live because Jesus lived. Have hope because Jesus brought hope.

Celebrate Christmas to worship and honor the greatest gift ever given–Jesus, the Lord and Savior.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the reason for Jesus coming; and that the world will see Jesus in you.

Acts 2:36 Is Jesus Your Lord And Messiah?

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Acts 2:36

All over the world, the one thing that people like is their freedom to make their own choices and to run their lives as they desire. At the same time they are looking for someone or some way to protect them from or get them out of the struggles of this world.

In desiring these things there are many different religions or beliefs to guide people. People often wonder which one, or ones, is correct.

After waiting for a time in Jerusalem, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and the people were amazed. Peter stands up and tells the people that the one they crucified, Jesus, is now made both Lord and Messiah.

Questions often arise as to who Jesus was or is. Many throughout the world see Him as a good teacher and a good person, but nothing more. They do not see a reason to see Jesus as anything more than these things.

One thing that every person has coming to them is death, due to sin. In order to overcome this sentence of death, is to have a Messiah, or someone who can save them from that judgment of death. Jesus paid the price to overcome that judgment.

Once a person believes in Jesus, he must also allow Jesus to be Lord over him. This means that Jesus is the absolute ruler, controller of his life, in every area of one’s life.

Many have accepted Jesus as Messiah of their life, but have not chosen to allow Him to be Lord over their life. They love their freedom of choice.

The true believer will make Jesus both Messiah and Lord over his life.

You, like everyone else, has sinned against God and are receiving a death penalty upon your life. To get rid of that death penalty, you must allow Jesus to be your Messiah, Savior. Only He can remove that penalty.

Once you believe in Jesus as your Messiah, you must also allow Him to be your Lord. This is being the One who is in absolute, monarchial, dictatorial control over your life, in every area of your life.

Jesus has paid the price and earned both those positions over your life. It is your choice to accept or reject Him.

Will you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Messiah today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will allow Jesus to be your Lord; that you will do only what God tells you to do; and that you will be a witness for who Jesus is to this world.

Mark 8:29 What Is Your Opinion?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29

Everyday people talk about their opinions on what they think about different people and situations. The majority of people tend to make their opinion about someone famous based off of what media says.

If the large media likes that person and portrays him positively, more people will also like the person. At the same time, if the large media portrays the person as bad, most people will hate him or think less of him. Many allow their thoughts about a famous person to be dictated by the public at large.

Jesus had been asking the disciples who the people think He was. After hearing their answers, He then asked the disciples who they think He was. Peter said He was the Messiah.

Every year around Christmas and Easter, the world talks about who Jesus was. Most of the world tends to think of Him as a good teacher and a good person, but nothing more than that, and that is at best. Many also hate Jesus because of His strong words.

Sadly many in the church claim that Jesus is the Messiah, but are still trying to do good works to earn their way into heaven. They also do not want to completely surrender their lives over to Him, allowing Him to save and use them to build His kingdom. They are believing the deception of the media that Jesus is just a good teacher and not The King, The Master, The One in absolute control.

Each person, individually, has to make their own decision as to who Jesus is. Each one has to choose if He is the Messiah or not, if He is in control or not, if He is King or not. Their choices cannot be based off of what others think or say, but off of personal experience with God.

As with everyone else, you also have to make a choice as to who you think Jesus is. It is a personal choice that only you can make. Your destiny on this earth and for all of eternity is based off of who you think Jesus is.

If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, your Savior, then you must ask yourself if you live believing that. Do you allow Jesus to be your Savior and in control of your life? Or do you try to earn your salvation and be in control?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to rule your life; that you will know Jesus as more than a good teacher; and that you will let the world see who Jesus is through you.

Matthew 16:15 Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Who Do You Say I Am

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15 

After having been in public ministry for a while, Jesus asks the disciples who the people think He is. They give the answers of different prophets of the Old Testament. Then Jesus asks them directly who they think He is.

The question of who Jesus is or was is still being asked to this day. Every year around Christmas and Easter, the news media is flooded with questions and answers on who Jesus was. The impact Jesus had on this world is still affecting people to this day.

There are very few people in the world today who deny that Jesus actually lived and died on this earth. The evidence of His existence is too great for any rational person to deny that He was a person. The question though that needs to be asked is not if He existed, but who was He?

People have not really changed their answer since the days Jesus asked the disciples that question. Although people today do not claim that He was one of the Old Testament prophets, many still look at Him as just a prophet or a teacher. Millions of Muslims will see Jesus as a great prophet. Millions of Buddhists will see Him as a great teacher. While both are right in that He was a great prophet and teacher, He was more than that.

Peter saw Jesus as the Messiah, Savior, Son of God. This was a lot more than just a prophet or teacher. This could also not be seen by just looking at Jesus. Looking at Jesus, He was just a regular man, just like everyone else. Looking with the eyes of God into the spiritual realm, revealed that Jesus was much more, He was God’s Son, the Savior.

As you read this, think about who you say Jesus is. Who is He really to you?

You cannot rely on the answers of other people, your parents, friends, or church. You need to have your own answer.

Read the Bible and see what it reveals about who Jesus is. Once you have made your decision, you must be willing to let others know also.

If you are truly open to what the Bible says, you will also be like Peter and realize that Jesus was much more than just another man.

Who do you say Jesus is?

I pray today that God will reveal who Jesus is to you; that you will know for yourself who Jesus is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; and that you will share with the world who Jesus is.