Bible Ballistics: BBs #610 Jesus IS Our Hope—Then—Now!!!
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them:
and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day
in the city of David
which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host
14 Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.” Luke 2:9-14
I know we’ve heard this again and again, yet it ever rings true in my heart! Jesus IS the “good tidings of great joy” and those of us who have trusted in His saving grace, ought to ever be a reflection of this “good tidings of great joy”! Our families’ future depends on it! Our churches’ future depends on it! Our communities depend on it! Our nation and our world’s future rests heavy on us; you and I who have received this “great joy” in salvation need to be diligent to share it as we have opportunity!
And on that line, I’d like to share a favorite passage of mine; one that we so desperately need to rehearse and take to heart in these “perilous times”! Our children and grandchildren’s future depends on it! I pray that you will join me in seeking God’s face during this special time of remembrance of HIS great gift of Jesus to us—to the whole world! HE IS our only Hope! If Jesus isn’t our hope, we have little to none!
God has given us the greatest gift ever; yet if we have that hope and don’t share it with our children and grandchildren, we will have failed to give them hope or any kind of assurance of a future! May this message from Moses ring in our hearts today and ever!
For this has been such a burden on my heart for so long! Will you join me in prayer for our families—our extended families—our church families—and our opportunity to affect the lives of families that God sends our way! May we see the need to stand for Jesus in all our ways and seek to encourage others with HIS truth. Any time I think about or teach about families there is one main passage that always comes to mind, and I encourage you to read it and take it to heart!
The two main points are simple—firstly, we must love God and know HIM ourselves, before we can pass it on to our children, our grandchildren, or those whom God brings into our lives! Secondly we must continually watch for those teachable moments in the lives of others (especially our children and grandchildren), walking a walk that matches what we talk, then God can use us to make an impact on the lives of those watching (and others ‘watch’ us way before they ‘listen’ to us)– living in such a faithful way as to spark their curiosity. Then when they ask “WHY” do you/we live this way; we are able to share our testimony of what GOD has done and is doing for us! Simple—yes! Easy—no! But by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we can make a difference. It’s what our world is starving for—real believers living the truth that we talk about!
Me/You—”Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you,
that ye might do them in the land
whither ye go to possess it:
2 That thou mightest
fear the Lord thy God,
to keep all his statutes and his commandments,
which I command thee,
thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son,
all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it;
that it may be well with thee,
and that ye may increase mightily,
as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised
thee, in the land
that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel:
The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:1-5
Me/You–“And these words, which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” 6:6-9
Them— “20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying,
What mean the testimonies,
and the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the Lord our God
hath commanded you?”
MeYou—”21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son,
We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt;
and the Lord brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand:
22 And the Lord shewed signs and wonders,
great and sore, upon Egypt,
and upon all his household,
before our eyes:
23 And he brought us out from thence,
that he might bring us in,
to give us the land which he sware
unto our fathers.
24 And the Lord commanded us
to do all these statutes,
to fear the Lord our God,
for our good always,
that he might preserve us alive,
as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness,
if we observe to do
all these commandments
before the Lord our God,
as he hath commanded us.” 6:20-25.
And the joy for us, is that JESUS becomes our righteous when we repent, believe and receive HIM—the Gift. Jesus IS the gift!
Amen and Amen!