During the Advent season, I will be doing a brief daily blog post on one of the names of Jesus. This is part of an Advent Gratitude Challenge from two very special friends of mine, Laurie Martin and Lyudmila Boring. Christmas is all about Jesus, and Advent is a time for shifting our focus off of the commercialism of the holiday season and turning our eyes on the true meaning of Christmas. I invite you to join me in this Advent Challenge.
Father, today I give You thanks for sending Jesus to save me from my sin. You sent Your own Son to pay the penalty for our sin, a plan You had from the beginning. By grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, my sins were forgiven and I became a member of Your family. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
As a child, I was in church every week, even teaching a Sunday School class as I became a teenager, so I was very familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. But during my first year on my own, beginning a new job as a kindergarten teacher, my eyes were opened to my own need for salvation. I made a personal commitment of my life and accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. This was the beginning of a lifetime of moving past religion into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
I remember the first Christmas after my eyes were opened to the true meaning of the holiday season. It was a special holiday, as I purchased my first manger scene, put in under our Christmas tree, and spent hours just looking at it and reflecting on what Jesus had done in my life. And now forty-six years later, the wonder of the Christmas message still has not faded.