27 February 2018

Christian Corner - February

I’m going to be completely honesty when I say this, but I have been sitting at this computer for an hour, and cannot, for the life of me, gather any coherent thoughts about what I would like to discuss for this month’s Christian Corner. I did not do a posting in December, not because I did not have the time, but because the down time that we did have, I wanted to relax and take a breather from all the commotion and activities that occur during the Christmas season. After giving it some thought, and some self-conviction, I’ve realized that those actions were selfish to each of you (the reader), Melissa, and most of all, God. I am better than that, and God certainly deserves better than that.
This month’s post will pertain to what should have gone into December’s posting. What Jesus means to me, and what I feel like he should mean to everyone else, because it is through his sacrifice and actions that our salvation is possible. We simply must believe.
I know this topic is a bit late, but as I said, this should’ve been December’s post. Because I failed to do that post, I never got a chance to express these thoughts, so here it is – Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas. It’s not the doorbuster deals, or the exchanging of gifts with extended family after Christmas Day supper, nor is it going into extraordinary debt to spoil our kids who already have way too much. Christmas day is not about materialism, or self-gratification. It should be about honoring our Savior, and the sacrifices he made during his time on Earth. I am certainly guilty at not recognizing this all the time, year in and year out, but I sincerely and wholeheartedly feel that Jesus is the reason for the season.
In fact, the Bible lays it out quite clearly over many different sets of scripture, noting exactly what Jesus means for our salvation. Our salvation is only possible through him, and our belief in him. I recently finished reading the book of Romans, and after going back and looking through it, one of the passage titles caught my eye. The title of part of this passage was noted as “Christ Took Our Punishment” …
Romans 3:20-25, “For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin”
What an amazing love he has for us! What an amazing Savior we have!
Regardless of what we’ve done in our past, even what we may do in the future, Jesus Christ has already taken the fall for our failings. Our debt has been paid. This doesn’t mean we’re free to run amuck and do as we please, no, not at all. If you are a believer, you are held to a higher standard, and when we falter (we all do), we are punished accordingly.
Jesus is there for us always, and he wants us to have an in-depth, daily walk with him. He’s already shouldered our burden of sin, and he wants to shoulder everything else we have going on. In the November edition of Christian Corner, there was a scripture I cited that expressed exactly what Christ wants to do for us. It’s in the book of Matthew (Matt. 11:28), and it is Jesus speaking himself. He tells us all to come to him, weary or burden laden, and he will give us rest.
I say it again, what an amazing Savior we have!
When one takes a moment to really think about the magnitude of what Jesus did for us, the sacrifice he made for our sin, and the pain of being nailed to a cross (not including the lashings, torture, and/or impalement), it can really put our own trials and sufferings into perspective. What’s even more amazing to me, is that he carried the burden of mankind onto the cross, and died to save us. I know we all go through trials and tribulations … sufferings and loss … but (personally) I feel like any problem we face is pale by comparison. When our trials and tribulations do arise, our God, and his Son, welcome those trials and tribulations with open arms, and offer to give us rest at any moment.
It saddens me that our Father, and our Savior, Jesus Christ, did these things for us (and me specifically), and yet I couldn’t get off my lazy butt to write a Christian Corner post for Melissa’s blog, during one of the most important seasons of the year. That really upsets me, and I promise to try and do better. I admit that I am an imperfect human being, a sinner, and I mess up quite a bit.
Father, I ask that you guide each of us to keep you first, and let you be the one we turn to in our times of need. Help us to understand the magnitude of what your Son did for us on the cross, and help us to honor and glorify You and Your Kingdom in all that we do. God, thank you for everything that you do for us. Please forgive us of our sins, guide our steps moving forward, and may everything we do bring glory and honor to Your name. May your will be done, Father. We love you, and ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.