[Y]ou shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
[A]nd they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us) (Matthew 1:23).
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
As we read the joy and grace-filled stories of Christmas found in Matthew 1 and 2 and Luke 1 and 2, one truth is clear. some of the key people in this blessed story are overjoyed to come and find the babe – Christ, our King.
They are excited, full of joy, and filled with wonder and awe because they have had the great privilege to see the Messiah. Christ, the answer to all of the world’s problems has come into the world bringing salvation, peace, and goodwill.
In Genesis chapter 3, the sin problem entered into the world bringing with it a host of other problems and issues.
When Christ came into the world, He came as the answer to all those problems.
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).
God loved us so much that He was willing to give the best that He had, His Son Jesus Christ, to come, live in this world, and die on the cross, in order to make a way for us to be saved. And He did just that.
The truth is – all of us as human beings have a longing in our hearts to know and have a relationship with Christ. We just don’t fully realize it.
The story is told of a man, who when drafted into the army, picked up this very strange habit. He would walk around inside and outside the barracks and every time he would see a piece of paper he would pick it up, read it, and say out loud “That’s not it! That’s just not it!” After a few weeks of hearing about this soldier’s strange habit, the company commander called him into his office and said, “Private, what’s your problem?” The young soldier responded “Sir, I don’t have a problem.” The commander then asked, “Well, what is it that you are looking for when you are looking at all these pieces of paper and reading them?’ “Well, sir, I don’t know what I’m looking for, but every time I find and read the pieces of paper I come across, I realize it is not what I’m looking for." The company commander questioned him a little further, and then dismissed him. The young private continued his strange habit for a few more weeks, and finally, the commander had had enough. He called the strange young soldier into his office. He then told the young man “Soldier, I’m sorry, but we’re going to have to let you go. The army can’t afford to keep soldiers like you. If we had an army full of soldiers like you, we’d have a messed up army. We’re just going to have to let you go! The commander pulled out of his drawer some papers that said “Discharge” across the top, signed them and handed them to the young man. The soldier took took one look at the papers, and then yelled at the top of his lungs “That’s it! That’s it!” The moment he read the papers that said he could get out of the army, he realized, that was what he had been looking for all the time.
Again, many are looking for something and most of them don’t even know what they are looking for. They are looking for meaning and fulfillment, and just can’t seem to find either. Many look for them in all kinds of relationships. Some look for them through a bottle or through a needle. Some look for fulfillment in thrills and excitement from things they pay to do or see. But time and time again, when these individuals make the step in their lives to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their lives, and are born again, something inside them cries out with all of its might “That’s it! That’s it! Jesus Christ is what I’ve been looking for all the time!”
If you find yourself searching for meaning, fulfillment, purpose, and direction in your life, and you’ve looked and looked, but just not found what you were looking for, then look no further. Jesus Christ is the answer. Would you take the step in your life to receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life today?
Today is a good day to meet the One who is and has the answer to all of life’s questions and issues. Today is a good day to ask Christ to come into your heart and live in you.
If you wish to make this step in your life, you can do this by praying this prayer or a similar one:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. I confess that I have sinned and I now repent of all of my sins. Forgive me for the wrong I have done. I believe that you died on the cross to pay for my sins. And I believe that three days later you rose from the dead so that I could be saved. Thank you Lord, for loving me enough to die for me. Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Be the Lord and Savior of my life. Make me the person You want me to be. In the Bible You said that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Right now Lord, I’m calling on your name. Lord, save me, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord, for saving me. I now rejoice that I am a child of Almighty God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you made this very important step by praying this prayer, praise the Lord! We would very much like to be in touch with you. Please email us and and let us know you made this step. We would like to email you some resource material that will help you to begin to grow in your new walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1–662–844–5036, ext. 381.