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Series: Luis Palau | What Child is This?

Are you looking for ways to lift up the name of Jesus Christ this Christmas? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” we will be challenged to share the true Christmas story. There’s no better time to talk about Jesus and His good news of salvation than this season.

Christmas is about Waiting Friday, December 20, 2019

Did you know that the Christmas promise—the promise of a coming Messiah—was first made thousands of years before Jesus Christ’s birth? If we miss this, we risk missing the whole point of Christmas. Christmas is about an incredible promise God made to Adam and Eve that took thousands of years to be fulfilled. It’s about that promise...and then waiting a very long time.

Don’t get me wrong. At the right time, Jesus Christ was born. The Lord added scores of prophecies to His original one, telling His people precisely when, and where, and why, Jesus Christ would be born.

The miracle isn’t that a handful of shepherds and wise men came to worship the newborn King of kings...but that many others didn’t flock to Bethlehem to greet His entrance into the world.

The Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 11 and 12, tells us that Jesus came to “his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

What about you? Have you received Jesus? Have you believed in His name? If not, please pray and do so today. Don’t delay. Today, receive God’s greatest gift of all.

This is Andrew Palau. 

The Good News Thursday, December 19, 2019

Often, on this program, I talk about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. And you know, there’s no better time to remember what the Good News really means, than at Christmas. You’ve heard me talk a lot about the “Good News,” but do you fully understand it yourself? I want to share with you what I mean when I say the “Good News” so that you can confidently share it with others this Christmas.

God loves us and has created us to be in relationship with Him. But we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Because we broke our relationship with God, He sent His son, Jesus Christ to earth, on that very first Christmas so many years ago. Jesus lived a perfect life, and died on a cross in our place. On the third day He rose again and He invites each of us into relationship with Him now and forever. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even though he dies.” Salvation is a gift. So in this season of gift-giving, it’s the perfect time to give the most important gift to those you love- the gift of the Good News of Jesus.

Share the true meaning of Christmas this year. The Good News is what Christmas is all about, after all.

This is Luis Palau

A Baby Born to Die Wednesday, December 18, 2019

My wife and I have four sons. I still remember holding them as infants. Babies are so tiny and dependent on their parents. I often remember my time as a father to my young sons when I read the Christmas story. At first my wife and I did the reading of the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2.  Then we did family plays; cousin Anne was Mary, one of the boys was Joseph, others were sheep.

I wonder what it must have been like to be Mary and Joseph. Holding their tiny baby knowing that He was the promised Messiah. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “To us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” All of this was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. No wonder we celebrate!

Isn’t it amazing that our God chose to break into human history as a helpless baby? And not only that, but that He would do that knowing His destiny? Knowing that He was born to die for our sins? And He volunteered to do so. What a God we serve! What a God to worship this Christmas season!

The Good News of Jesus Christ is the best news in the world. Will you share it with others this Christmas?

This is Luis Palau.

Haste, Haste to Bring Him Laud Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas time is a time for happy celebration for all believers.  And rightly so!  Believers in Jesus for centuries have seen the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus as cheerful, hopeful, thrilling – born of the blessed virgin Mary by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.

I love the line of “What Child is This” that says, “haste, haste to bring Him laud.” Laud means to praise someone, especially in a public context. Are you looking for ways to publicly praise Jesus Christ this Christmas? What a challenge for all of us to consider all year, but especially at Christmas. Start looking for ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the neighbors and friends and family you’ll be seeing so much of this season. God will guide me and you in finding great ways to bring Jesus Christ into the picture.

Do you have a work, family or block holiday party coming up? Look for opportunities to share your reason for rejoicing at Christmas. And as we are reminded in this classic hymn, make “haste” to do it! Don’t waste another minute. You never know what this life will bring and it’s always the right time to publicly praise Jesus Christ. As Jesus told us, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

This is Luis Palau.

Deep Depression Monday, December 16, 2019

William Chatterton Dix was diagnosed with a near-fatal condition that caused him to be bed-ridden for almost a year. During his illness he became deeply depressed and came close to death many times. But out of this difficult experience, he felt inspired and began to write hymns. One of his hymns you may be singing in your church this Christmas. “What Child is this?” points to the true meaning of Christmas.

Dix wrote, “This, this is Christ the King … Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, … The Cross He bore for me, for you; Hail, hail the Word Made Flesh, … The King of Kings salvation brings; Let loving hearts enthrone Him.”

“The King of Kings, salvation brings,” he says. What a glorious reminder of Who we are celebrating each December. Have you shared about the Word made flesh, the King of Kings, who bore the cross for me and you? Dix was a man near death and deeply depressed, and yet he recovered hope in writing hymns to the Lord. He found hope in Jesus Christ, the One who has “overcome the world.” Have you shared the hope of Jesus with a depressed or hurting friend? Christmas is the perfect time to share it.

This is Luis Palau.

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.

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