Make Jesus Lord

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor. 5:17

 

A new year is great, but being a new creature is better. When we surrender to Christ, He makes us new. The past is forgiven and our future is secure in Him. And the good new is that it is available to anyone, no matter what you have done. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution. Make Jesus the Lord of your new year.


He Came to Save Us

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matt. 1:21

As we celebrate the coming of Jesus, we need to remember that He did not come to make us successful, prosperous, comfortable, fulfilled, or even happy. He did not come to give us a trouble-free life. That was not His primary mission. He came to save us from OUR sins. He came to deliver us from the penalty and the power of sin in our lives. As you celebrate Christmas, have you received what Jesus came to do?


A New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away. Rev. 21:1

As we get ready to welcome a new year, let’s think about the day when we will welcome a new earth. The Bible says this earth and the heavens will someday be destroyed and God will create a new heaven and new earth. It says in 2 Peter 3:13 that only what is good, right, and just will be in the new earth. A new year is good. A new earth will be great!


The Joy of Christmas

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

The joy of Christmas is that we now have a savior to offer us forgiveness for our sins, and a Lord to lead and guide us as we submit to Him. If Jesus is not your savior and Lord, then you haven’t really experienced the joy of Christmas. You may be happy about presents and family gatherings, but the true joy of the season comes from knowing Jesus as both your savior and Lord.