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Praying from the Computer - December 2017

11.30.17 | Family Life | by Ken Custer

Praying from the Computer - December 2017

    Do you know what your name means?

    A name was very important in biblical times because a name was meant to be a way to describe the person. When we go to the Bible and read Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth, the angel told Joseph to “call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

    What a way to describe the Son of God! Jesus came to die on the cross to rescue us from sin, so we could be forgiven and spend eternity with our loving Father in heaven.

    But Jesus wasn’t the only name given to the Christ child. The same passage in the Bible also mentions a prophecy from Isaiah:

    A virgin would bear a son, and the child’s name would be Immanuel, meaning “God with us” Matthew 1:22-23

    God was now coming to live among God’s people in a personal way—through the incarnate Savior. And though Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, Jesus Christ still dwells in and among us today through the Holy Spirit.

    Christmas means every day is an opportunity to walk with God.

    Most people define Christmas by what they see—the trees, lights, gifts, and parties. But in real- ity, Christmas is about the birth that took place over 2000 years ago, when God arrived in the form of a newborn baby. Christmas is a time we can celebrate that Jesus came to reveal divine love for sinful mankind and offer salvation by dying for our transgressions.

    Once we understand the true significance of Christmas, our attitude about Christmas changes. Instead of focusing on external things and feeling exhausted from all the preparations and activities, we’ll be able to see the Advent and Christmas seasons in an entirely new way.

    The trees can remind us of the cross where Jesus died

    The gifts can bring to mind the eternal life Jesus gives us

    And the lights can signify that the Light of the world now dwells in our hearts

    When you consider all that Jesus has done for us, the coming weeks should be ones filled with joy and gratitude. Yet the coming days offer much busyness and it is easy to get distracted. So distracted that many don’t give much thought to the day we will stand before the Lord.

    Christmas can be a fitting time to seriously reflect our eternal destiny.

    I pray that in the midst of all the busyness, you have time to reflect on the truth that Christ came down to us so that one day we may go up to Him in heaven. Christmas is just a taste of what awaits us when we finally will see Jesus face to face.

    Godspeed Ken