Bible Ballistics: BBs #231 The Only Reason To Rejoice!!!
I’d just like to share a few thoughts about Jesus, the one whose incarnation and His sacrifice brought salvation to all who will receive it. That’s what it’s all about—that’s what everything is about, because as Joseph was told by the angel:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
Jesus came to bring forgiveness to us; this One who was, is and ever shall be “Emmanuel”/”God with us”, because He was the only One who had no sin, so only He could pay the price for our sin! And that my friends is why the “babe” was born and came into this world in virtual obscurity—the King of Kings born in a barn, and laid in a manger/feeding trough. The One who intentionally lived His life in that same obscurity, to give Himself for all who will come to Him in repentance and faith in His substitutionary, atoning death for “MY” sin and “YOURS”.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed that debt that we could not pay. And we must recognize that HE IS the ONLY WAY!!! We can bow before Him as Lord and Savior in this life, or bow before Him as Judge later.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
So, as we think about Jesus, may we rejoice in the gift that He has given for us—HIMSELF! I pray that you know Him, and honor Him in all your ways. If you don’t know Him, won’t you call on Him today? He is calling your name—may you hear and respond.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and 2 open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
The time is short; won’t you look to Him today? And then you will have reason to rejoice always!!!
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.…The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:4 & 5b