Devotional for Tuesday December 22nd

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Jesus is the hope of the world”
 
Martha was distraught with grief. Her beloved brother Lazarus was dead. When he first became sick, she and her sister Mary sent a desperate message to Jesus to come and heal their brother, but He arrived too late. By the time He got there Lazarus had been dead for four days; but even in her grief Martha declared her faith in Jesus. In response, Jesus made the great declaration we read in John 11:25-26 that He is the resurrection and the life and that anyone who places their faith in Him will live, even if they die.
 
One of my favorite hymns speaks of the hope we have in Jesus – not only hope for eternity, but hope for today and for tomorrow. The name is “Because He Lives”. The first verse and chorus go like this:
 
“God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus; he came to love, heal, and forgive; He lived and died to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives. “
 
At Christmastime we celebrate the birth of the Savior. But Jesus didn’t come just to live – He came to live, and to die, and then to live again. That baby in the manger would grow up to one day die upon a cross for the sins of the world. But then He would defeat death by being resurrected to new life and then, by means of placing our faith in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, we too will live. In John 14:19 Jesus declared, “Because I live, you will live too.”
 
Jesus is the hope of the world. He enables us to live with hope – for today, and for tomorrow, and for all eternity. That’s the truth about the baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas!
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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