The child’s father and mother were still amazed at what was said about him, when Simeon gave them his blessing. He said to Mary, the child’s mother, “This child is destined to make many fall and many rise in Israel and to set up a standard which many will attack—for he will expose the secret thoughts of many hearts. And for you ... your very soul will be pierced by a sword"
As we celebrate Christmas, may we reflect on the purpose for the birth of Christ Christ was birthed onto the earth with the express purpose of redemption of mankind. He was God's plan for salvation. He was born to be crucified for our sins so we could live eternally. The very purpose of His birth was to save our souls. To give some context for the bible passage above, following Christ's birth, He was brought to the temple to be circumcised. Simeon and Anna were among the first to recognize Him as the Messiah. Simeon blessed the baby and prophesied over the infant. The birth of Christ changed the course of world history. Even time was divided as B.C , Before Christ and A.D Anno Domany or year of the King. Christ change spiritually the orbit of the earth. People's lives were headed for destruction and the trajectory of their lives was changed. Now we all have the opportunity to repent. We were all separated from God and now we have the ability to be filled by the Spirit, God with us, Emmanuel. All that we must do is believe on Christ and repent for our sins. Christ was born to die that I may live.
Let us pray: Father we thank you for giving us your son, born to die, so I can live. Forgive us our trespasses. Lead us in paths of righteousness. Let us walk on the strait and narrow path with the help of your spirit. Help us always keep you in our hearts. You are our all in all. In Jesus name, Amen.
The Truth is stranger than fiction...
John 14:6 (CEV )
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father."
The unending quest for truth has continued through the ages many times leaving the person none the wiser. Some people have subject their lives to trials just in order to find truth or to make sense of this chaotic life. Although it may be wise to sometimes shut the noise of the world out and spend time in quiet reflection, the answer to the question is much closer to home. Jesus answered the question by saying He is the truth. Many so called wise men say I will tell you the truth or I will show you what the truth is. However, no one has ever said that they are the truth except Jesus. So my answer to those on a quest for truth or meaning in life is this: look to Jesus. Jesus, being the son of God, took upon Himself the penalty of the world's sin and offered to those who believed eternal life, in exchange for their faith in Him. The meaning of life is found in Christ. The quest for truth ends in Christ. God our heavenly Father did not leave us as orphans in this world to figure everything out on our own. Even in creation God planted Adam and Eve in a garden and provided for all their needs. Although, they blew it and messed up God's original plan for mankind, God sent His Son to restore everything to the way He had planned for it to be. Even though we live in a fallen world, Christ restores to us meaning and purpose in life. To those trying to make sense of life, I say find yourself in Christ. My life is hid with God in Christ. Christ in us is the hope of glory. When Christ who is our life appears, then we will appear with Him in glory. God is a good God and has His best in store for us. Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil. Plans to give you the future you hope for. In the words of the songwriter, put your hands in the hand of man who stilled the waters. Put your hands in the hands of the man who calmed the seas. You do not need to stumble through life trying to make sense of it all. Exercise your faith and walk with Jesus. He is the good Shepherd who gave His life for His sheep. You will never walk through the storms of this life alone. In closing, let us pray: Father we come to you in Jesus name and ask you to walk through the trials of life with us. We exchange our sins for your righteousness. Thank you for the victory you won over darkness at the cross. We surrender our stubbornness to you. Please make us pliable to your will. Make of us a vessel of honor for Jesus. Amen.