Day 24 Celebrating Immanuel…Happy New Year 2013!
What a great way to begin the New Year by continuing my 30 day series on “Celebrating Immanuel!”
The birth of Jesus Christ was and still is all about New Beginnings…A new way to communicate, relate to, and live by God’s Holy Word… And, a new way to communicate and interact with fellow human beings on earth…
After Jesus’ birth, man’s relationship with God would NO longer be about serving Him or obeying Him only through a set of strict Laws, rituals, and routines. It would become a personal relationship; a “HEART” matter. “As a man thinketh in his heart. so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV). No more would “adultery” just be seen as the very act of committing adultery, but if a man even looked upon a woman with lust in his heart he had already committed adultery! No longer would the very act of killing or taking a person’s life be judged as “murder,” but even hating a person without cause would be sin! And, the wages of sin is death!
After Jesus was born, man’s heart became openly exposed as being wicked, deceitful, and sinful no matter what outward, ceremonial rituals were being performed. The Law would not and could not save man, because man’s inward heart is wicked….It would take the Holy, Righteous, Pure, Sinless BLOOD of Jesus Christ to cover and to forgive the sins of mankind…And, it would take man’s believing in God’s only begotten Son to receive the Gift of God’s redemption and salvation (John 3:16).
Oh, my friend today is a new day; a New Year. Only through Jesus Christ can you make a new start…No amount of “resolutions” or self-made plans can deliver you from your inward wicked heart….If you don’t believe me, ask yourself this question. “How is it that you can be doing a task when suddenly out of no where an unclean, unrelated thought pops into your mind or thoughts?” Where did it come from? Answer: Your heart; your wicked, deceitful heart…And, I have one, too….We all do. That’s why we ALL need Jesus’ sinless life (Immanuel; God is With Us) and pure heart to save us from ourselves, our sins, and from all unrighteousness. Amen…
Each day that I live I have the opportunity of beginning a new day with Jesus in my heart and in my life…I can rest assured that Jesus is taking care of my thoughts, ways, mannerisms, wickedness, and deceitfulness…HE will deliver me and show me the RIGHT way to go in my life and the RIGHT way to behave…And, when I do mess up, as we all do…HE will forgive me…”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9).
What a great way to live! What a great New Year ahead of us with Jesus in our hearts….What a great day to Celebrate Immanuel! What a great day to celebrate Jesus!
Happy New Year 2013…May Jesus be in your hearts and lives and walk beside you all the way. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author