Jesus—God With UsDecember 23, 2013
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
A few thousand years ago the Hebrew prophet Isaiah foretold the birth of the Rescuer who would come and save us. Jesus did come. Fully God and fully man, He shouldered all the sins of humanity and gave His life as a ransom. When you think of Christmas, don’t just think of baby Jesus in the manger—let your view expand to the whole plan of redemption.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
If you haven’t made Jesus the Lord of your life, make this Christmas the most significant transition into the New Year you’ve ever had. Respond to and receive Jesus. He’s the Messiah to the Jews, Savior to the Gentiles, Redeemer to every nation and every tribe, and Rescuer to you. The only requirement is to sincerely repent and simply acknowledge and confess Him as your Lord.
Pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I open the door of my heart. Come into my life, forgive all my sins, and give me a brand new start. I confess You as my Lord and Savior. Make my heart Your home, Jesus. Let joy push out sluggishness and hope replace bleakness. You are the God who saves, heals, and protects. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. Let 2014 be a tremendous year in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Hebrew `Immanuw’el. “with us (is) God”
–Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
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