Some have called him - a prophet, a good teacher, or religious leader. Maybe you think of him as a good man who lived 2000 years ago...but have you ever thought – or wondered if Christ could possibly make a difference in your life - today. According to the bible, the Christ of Christmas is more than just a man from the pages of history.
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. (Colossians 2:9)
Jesus was fully man, but he was also fully God. One day when Jesus was teaching He proclaimed that he was God who had always been, “Before abraham was, I am.” (john 8:58) Abraham had lived thousands of years before Jesus. And “I am” was a name for God. In this short sentence Jesus told those who were right in front of him, I am more than just a teacher, a prophet, or religious leader. I am God! And to you, he declares I am … God!
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” – Jesus (John 14:6)
We live in a day and time where truth is hard to find. We live in a day and time where deception, lies, and frauds are impossible to avoid. Do you know where to look to find truth? Do you know who to look to. In declaring himself as God, Jesus was also saying – I know where you can find truth. What is astounding is that Jesus did not merely say – He knew truth or spoke truth, He said, “I am the truth.” Where so many have lost our trust or never had it, he can be trusted. For Christ is … Truth.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
Taking hope seems to be what this life does to everyone. Hope is stolen – and hopelessness is left. Your job, your family, and your relationships – have all known hopeless moments … and years. Divisive politics, endless racism, and ongoing global conflicts – fill you with hopelessness for our world. Even in the midst of good times – it only takes a great tragedy or death for hopelessness – to relentlessly invade your thoughts. Where do you turn when you lose hope? Where do you go to find hope? Where would you send a loved one in search of hope? In a world that is filled with hopeless situations – the bible declares that Christ … is Hope.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Death ends life. Death is a bully. Death makes you and I fear – not only the end of our life, but the end of anything. That is why most of us hate change. The ending of anything reminds us that the bully of death is always out there looming … waiting. But Christ is greater than death. He rose from the dead, after living a sinless life – conquering death and all its effects. In him, we can know life eternal – and we can know life now that is greater than the fears of this world, the tragedies of the world, and the constant endings and good byes of this world. Jesus said this is the very reason he came to us – to you – that you “may have life and have it abundantly.” Christ is … Life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
We receive life now and eternal through belief in the life and work of Christ. “Belief” means to entrust our soul to the person and work of Christ to make us right with God and to bring us to God. Will you believe or trust your soul to Christ? God has pursued you with a great love to give you his life – trust him now.
pray: Christ i trust my soul to you. I trust that your life and work alone remove my guilt and sin – and give me your life now and forever.
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