Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

 

Are you in pain?

Are you angry?

Are you anxious?

If you answered “Yes” to any or all of these questions, this next picture is just for you.

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If you give your all to God, he can take away all your burdens, and help and guide you through each day.

Tomorrow is Christmas, so I hope you’re all organised?

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that over the years I, like many of you, will have heard the Christmas story many times, and many times every year and, if I’m honest, I have probably taken the message of Christmas for granted because of that. So I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, to try to get that feeling of excitement back about all the festivities.

Children are always very excited about Christmas, so I started by looking at what some of them have to say…

In answer to why do we celebrate Christmas, here’s a couple of answers given by children:

  • “I am not really a Christian. I believe in unicorns and pixies.”
  • “We celebrate Christmas because Santa comes and gives us lots and lots of presents.”

When asked who Jesus is:

  • “Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown.”
  • “Jesus is really old and his birthday was on Christmas over 2000 years ago.”

What gifts did the wise men bring?

  • “The wise men brought gold, Frankenstein , and myrrh.”
  • “The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense, smurr  and silver. But I think he would have preferred wrestling toys.”

And when asked where Jesus was born, one child gave the following answer:

  • “He was born in a stable a long way away from here in another country. Bethlehem – it’s in England.”

That’s how some excited children have described Christmas, but what about you, what gets you excited about Christmas?

In the busyness of this time of year, in amongst preparing for Christmas, how much time have you spent thinking about the true meaning of Christmas, and the birth of Jesus?

Jesus birth was foretold many years beforehand in Isaiah 7:14 where Isaiah says “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.  What an exciting prospect that must have been even then, knowing that the Saviour of the world would be born into this world at some point, as one of us.
We read in Luke about the angel Gabriel visiting Mary to tell her she would give birth to the son of God. Although Mary would have been scared and filled with trepidation about what lay ahead, I’m sure she would also have been excited about the prospect of becoming a mother.

A new child in any family is a magical event, so it’s not surprising we get excited when someone we know is expecting a child. This Christmas in amongst the busyness of the season, I encourage you not to forget about Jesus, but instead get excited about the birth of Jesus again, just as you would if a friend or family member tells you they are expecting a baby.

I came across a poem which reminds us of this.

dont-forget-christmas-is-about-jesus-2Don’t Forget Jesus

Christmas is a special time

To reflect on Jesus Christ,

The wonder of His lowly birth

Brings meaning to our lives

There really is no other reason,

We celebrate this day,

The birth of God’s precious son

And the life, He willingly gave

But so much seems to distract us

In the busyness of our lives,

We lose our focus in all the happenings,

Not knowing, we leave out Christ

 

We lose sight of the true meaning

As we endlessly rush about,

Trying to find that perfect gift,

Seems to cloud our Saviour out

 

We need to stop and reflect awhile,

Remembering our precious Lord,

His birth, His life and sacrifice

And all that He stands for

 

For though the world may celebrate,

It seems, though, for other reasons,

Let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ

Is the true meaning of the season.

© By M.S.Lowndes

 

As I mentioned earlier I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, so whether this year is the first or the 51st time you’ve heard the Christmas story, I ask you to do the same, and in doing so consider remember the birth of Jesus and Who Is He? to you this Christmas.

If we look at some of the major world religions, we find that Buddha, Muhammad and Confucius all identified themselves as teachers or prophets, not equals with God.

The one exception to this was Jesus, as although He talked about God, His Father in heaven, it was not from a position of separation, but from a close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him, had seen the Father, and  anyone who believed in Him, believed in the Father, His Father, God.

This is backed up in scripture in John 8:12-19 (The Message):

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.” Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. That fulfils the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.” They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

God revealed himself fully to the world when He sent Jesus, his son to earth to live as a human. So let Jesus’ teachings of God ring true to you, and come to God the Father through Jesus His son, today.

In Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

According to the Bible we can boldly go before the throne of God through Jesus Christ and receive grace (pardon for our sins). We only need to have the will to confess our sins to God and the desire to receive His pardon, and God will forgive us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NKJV)

 

 

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Wow! Isn’t that fantastic, there is someone who actually loves every single one of us, warts and all!

Jesus! Jesus loves us more than anyone else will ever, and because of that, He gave His life for us. Who else would ever willingly die for us…no-one but Christ our Saviour!

 

Yesterday we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Today we think about just what His birth meant to Mary, his mother – How must she have felt to know that in her arms she was holding the Son of God?

What an awesome responsibility Mary and Joseph had to nurture their son, God‘s Son. I don’t know about you, but I think I would have crumbled under the pressure, thankfully Mary and Joseph weren’t me, and they did a wonderful job of caring for and looking after Jesus as he grew from a baby into man who saved the world!

Child of Love

Child of wonder, close Your eyes
Rest here in my arms tonight
Someday You will save the world
But tonight I’ll hold You right here in my arms
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
You will always be mine, child of love
 
Gabriel‘s promise has come true
God has blessed this world with You
And as I humbly hold You now
In my heart I know I’m holding Heaven’s child
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
But You will always be mine, child of love
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
But You will always be mine, child of love
 
Child of wonder, close Your eyes

Have you heard the news? It’s Christmastime!

Have you heard why we celebrate Christmas? Jesus Christ was born here on earth over 2000 years ago

Why should you care about Jesus’ birth? Because his is the saviour of the world

Christmas isn’t just about giving and receiving lots of lovely present and eating far too much, it’s about praising God, and thanking Him for sending Jesus to the world.

So this Christmas make sure you hear the true message of Christmas.

Jesus said this about God. “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:29).

God never left Jesus alone, and He never leaves us alone either. Even when life seems tough and God seems to be nowhere to be found, He is still there, and will show himself at just the right time. Why? Because He has promised that He will always he there for us.

thought we were friends

I recent was kidding on one of my friends about posting a photo of them on Facebook, when they said to me, “And I thought you were my friend!” – They said this jokingly to me as were just having a laugh about a funny photo I’d found of them. However this got me thinking (always a bad thing!)….

How many time to we, without even realising it, do things which upset our friends?

And then, how often to do say or do things which disappoint Jesus?

Sometimes we can be so busy focusing on ourselves and our own desires that fail to consider whether our words and actions are pleasing to God. So let’s stay focused on him and transform our lives so our words and actions always reflect Christ.

 

Relationship_with_God

This last week my blog posts have focused on faith, culminating in finishing yesterday’s blog post by asking you:

Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Do you have faith in Christ?

So I asked you yesterday about your faith, but what the faith of those you love, your family and friends, do they believe in Jesus Christ?

Well for me that question has played very heavily on my mind since my Dad died earlier this year. Why? Because my Dad always said he didn’t believe in God and therefore, as far as I know, he died with no faith…

Having said that, several people have told me that because Dad had dementia and therefore found it difficult to communicate with us or understand what we were saying to him or asking of him, that doesn’t mean he didn’t find God, or more accurately God didn’t find him, before he took his final breath.

I’ve been struggling to come to terms with this for months, however some words from another family member have given me some comfort – Please remember as you read this that just 6 weeks after my Dad died, my Mum’s sister, my Aunt Mae also died:

Aunt Mae was a very proud and loyal Salvationist and although your dad wasn’t a believer, he’ll be watching over you proud that you are and I’m sure he will be up there now learning about what you, your mum and Aunt Mae have spent your lives celebrating! God will have a place for him, he was a great person with a huge heart. I don’t think there’s anything for you to wish you had done more, when someone lives their whole life a certain way without the guidance, maybe its hard to adapt. Aunt Mae will be showing him the light.

god-is-in-controlEven as I write this post, the tears are streaming down my face, because those words remind me that yes, Dad professed no faith for many years, but who knows what seed Mum, Aunt Mae and I may have planted and how that seed may have grown as Dad’s dementia took him from us. I’m reminded that in the last few months that Dad lived at home with Mum, he would burst into tears during some of the songs/hymns when Mum was watching Songs of Praise on a Sunday night. He could never tell us why he cried, however I now look back on those occasions and wonder, and pray, that somehow God managed to reach Dad through the music.

I have prayed so many times in these last few months that Dad found God before he died. I also continue to pray that God will use me to influence my other family members who have not yet given their heart to God, because when my time comes to leave this world, I want to be sure I’ll be reunited with my whole family in heaven – but, at this moment I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

If any of your loved ones have not yet accepted God into their life, I pray that they too will God before their time on earth is over.