Recently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas. She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”. She said it with a laugh and in such a way, you could tell it did not make any sense to her whatsoever.
This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate. There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean. To them perhaps it is like singing a song about someone they know simply as a historical figure. To many, Jesus as the Son of God is not real to them.
A few years ago I was thinking about how people really see Jesus. Someone had made a comment to me, they observed that it seemed to them that Jesus was really important to me. I affirmed that yes, Jesus was very important to me! I started to think, “okay Sharon, if they would have asked you why is He so important to you, what would your response have been”. I started thinking about all the things Jesus was to me and soon praise began to well up inside of me as I thought of who He was and what He meant to me. I began singing and this song “Who is the King” came forth. The lyrics ask the questions, “Who is this baby born in a manger? Who is this Jesus who came long ago? Why is His story still told and loved so? Some say He is a stranger, some say He was a king, others say He was just an ordinary man”. Some people may think it is strange for us who are believers and followers of Jesus to be singing and talking about someone who lived on the earth 2,000 years ago, but as I go on in my song to say, this is what I know about who Jesus is.
Jesus is my Savior, my Redeemer, my King – Strong’s concordance defines Savior as deliverer, preserver. I know God has delivered me from so much, from such darkness and pain inside that I wanted to die. He has been my life-preserver who has kept me from drowning. Redeemer means to ransom, to buy back, to claim. I love that! I have been bought back from the evil one who wanted to destroy me, Jesus paid a ransom not only for my soul, but for every part of me and He claimed me as His own. My allegiance is to Him, He is my King. I pledge to serve and live my life for Him. Living and following Him is totally different from following any other God. He is not out to hurt or destroy me. He is full of love for me, He cares about me and my life, His desire is for me to have the best in this life that He has to offer me and He has a lot to offer. The only thing He desires to give His children are good things.
He’s changed my life – Without Jesus in my life, I would be a big mess. He has been changing the once hurt, wounded, messed up person that I was into the person He created me to be. Of course, this is an ongoing process, I am still being changed, but that process of continuing to change is one that without Him in my life would make it impossible to continue to become the person He has created me to be.
There is no one like Him – No one can compare to Him, no other God is like Him, just being in His presence when I sing praises to Him, when I speak to Him is a wonder. Yes, I can feel His presence with me and it is very real!
So Yes! He is very real to me. He does the same things He did when He lived here on the earth 2,000 years ago. And yes He still lives today, I personally know this to be true. I have seen evidence of it over and over in my own life as well as in the lives of many others. He is more than just a story, He still works in the hearts of all who believe in Him. His power is still at work in me, changing my life and setting me free from the things that hold me back, that keep me from being all He created me to be. What He did 2,000 years ago He still does today!
COME! LET US ADORE HIM!
Have a great Christmas filled with new revelations of who Jesus is.
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