Whom are you serving? Get to know the real Jesus!
We are racing towards the end of the year, towards Christmas and the end of 2019. For many people, including Christians, Christmas is the high-light of the year. The whole world is looking forward to Christmas. The day when gifts are exchanged and many families get together for the Christmas meal or braai.
But, is this all that we have to look forward to? Eating and drinking and being merry? Is that what Christmas has been reduced to?
Let`s look closer at what Christmas is all about for the followers of Jesus… For this we have to start at the beginning, the birth of Christ. The birth of Jesus has been foretold throughout the whole Bible. Even in Genesis 3:15, just after the fall of man, we read that the first reference to Jesus is made in that there will be “enmity between you (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed (offspring) and her Seed: He (Jesus) shall bruise your (Satan) head, and you shall only bruise His heal.” This was the first prediction that in future, there will come a Savoir to destroy serpent and his offspring. This was the first of many to follow in the Old Testament…
Let’s move on to the New Testament. It was foretold that Jesus was on His way to be born in Luke 1:26-38. In Luke 2:6-7 we read about the birth of Jesus. Our Savior was born! But to many this is where the Christmas story stops. All they see and hear is that Christ was born. For many years I was in the same boat. Clinging to the birth of Jesus without realizing that this was not the “real” Jesus we are supposed to worship and believe in…
To fully understand who Jesus was and what He did for us we have to read the whole of Luke. There are 24 chapters, not only three. We have to fully read and understand the whole of Luke to known that Jesus was the Son of God (Luke 3:22), that Jesus was tempted by the Devil, Jesus ministered in public, He healed the sick and the demon possessed, He chose and trained His disciples, He told many parables and taught the many, He calmed the sea, He fed the multitudes, He sent out the 72 disciples to minister, He taught us to pray, He was challenged, hated and scarfed at by the religious leaders of the time, He told us and showed us who the Father is, He called us to repent, He taught us right from wrong, He gave us instructions as to how we should live to please God, He foretold of His second coming, He entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, He drove the traders from the Temple, He told us that we would be resurrected from the dead, He told us of the things that is yet to come, He told us that He would return, He foretold of His own crucifixion and resurrection, He suffered in our stead, He was betrayed, He was denied by His disciples, He was falsely accused, He was mocked, He was beaten, He was spit on, He was forced to carry His own cross, He died on the cross, He was buried, He was resurrected, He appeared to many after His resurrection, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father!
That is the Jesus we should believe in. the One that came to do all these things, to suffer all these things, to die and to be resurrected so that we can be made holy before God, acceptable to God so that we can spend eternity in His presence! The “right” Jesus!
So, I want to challenge you. As from the 1st of December, read one chapter of Luke each day, just one chapter. Think about that chapter. Meditate on that chapter. Get to know the real Jesus. Get to know who Jesus is, what He did for you and me!
I hope that you will take me up on the challenge and spend some time with God in His Word. So that on Christmas day, you will remember who you are celebrating. That you will celebrate our Lord and Savior.
Have a great festive season. Spent time with your loved ones and tell them about the real Jesus, who He is and what He did for all of us.
Chairman of the Board
God`s Army Ministries