As the Christmas season draws closer we can look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We don’t know for certain what day Jesus was born, but we do know He was born, He died and rose again!
For many of us there may be significant and important dates. Our own birthday, anniversary, important historical dates that evoke very confronting memories like September 11. Or perhaps for us it is the date that a loved one passed away.
There is one date that we will never know but as Christians we should be focussed on that date, more than any other. Which date am I referring to? The one that only our Father in heaven knows, the date of Christ’s return.
We do not know the day or hour of His return, but he will come like a thief in the night and we must be ready. If we like to get ready for important dates like Christmas, how much more should we be ready for the return of Jesus?
HE IS ALIVE!
”If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Cor 15:19-22 NASB
Easter gives us the reassurance that we have redemption from sin. The penalty of sin is death, but now we are made alive in Christ, because Christ paid our penalty on that Cross!
We now no longer live, but Christ lives in us. The old has gone, the new has come! We have a new beginning in Him.
Let’s not waste our lives, but use every breath we have to praise Him and serve Him!
Imagine the huge range of emotions that were running through the minds of the disciples, the day Jesus rose from the grave. First the huge disappointment, grief, feelings of betrayal, fear, distress and discouragement.
All these emotions were suddenly changed at the discovery of the empty tomb. Now they are shocked, disbelieving, hopeful, bewildered and amazed.
At the glimpse of their resurrected Saviour however there is now joy, love, thankfulness, amazement, excitement, laughter and renewed hope.
In our life we will experience many of the same emotions in our Christian walk. But wouldn't be great if our feelings towards Jesus were always just like those early disciples when they too realised that Jesus had rescued everyone their sins, and knew—He is alive!
The promises of a New Year are exciting! It is an opportunity to forget the problems of the past and look forward to new opportunities.
It is often a time when we reflect on our walk with the Lord. Have I grown stronger in my faith? Am I affecting others with His love? Have I become more generous, caring & loving? Or am I still battling with the same issues I’ve had for years?
Jesus declared in the Book of Revelation,
(2:1-8) that He is making all things new, and He will reward those who overcome. We may not be seeing the kind of breakthrough we would like in our lives—but we can be assured that God is on our side. He has made a way for us to live lives that please Him.
Why not make a decision to trust the Lord more in our lives this year, and see Him being glorified in all that do and say?
— Ps Rod
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.