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Series: Luis Palau | It's Christmas!

It’s Christmas week, and on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” Luis will focus on – you guessed it – the birth of Jesus.  With the advent of Jesus into our world, everything changed.  Let’s celebrate together.

A Gift for Kids Friday, December 27, 2019

As a dad, I want to provide the best life possible for my kids. I make sure they have food to eat and a safe place to sleep. My wife, Wendy, and I talk to our kids about getting good grades and studying hard. We spend as much time together as possible each day, and on vacations.  We celebrate all the special occasions together that we are able. But we both know that the number one gift we can give our children is a deep love for Jesus Christ.

In fact, a love for Jesus is the best gift you could give to anyone. Jesus offers life, and life in abundance. He provides comfort in times of struggle. He forgives us from our sins. He empowers us to change for the better. And those who have a relationship with Jesus have the great promise of eternity in Heaven. John 6:47 in the Bible says, “Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”

As you hear these promises and truths about God, consider whether your children have a relationship with Him. Are they seeing faith lived out in your life? If you haven’t yet shared your testimony with them, I encourage to do so. And whether or not you have kids even, pray about who God wants you to share His Good News with. Introducing someone to Jesus is the best gift you could possibly give.           

This is Andrew Palau.

Jesus is our Savior Thursday, December 26, 2019

One day almost 2,000 years ago, God came to earth to live among us. The human mind is boggled by that. Even more unexpected is the first picture we see. No flaming chariots brought God into the world, and no royal entourage greeted Him. God entered the world as a helpless baby named Jesus, with a feeding trough as His cradle.

Even though we celebrate this miracle every Christmas, many people don’t stop to think about the reason behind the words of the angel who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds: “I bring you good news of great joy, that shall be for all the people.” The reason for our great joy, Luke 2:11 goes on to say, is that “a Savior has been born to you.”

We can celebrate Christmas with joy because it was the day Jesus, God’s Son, in the words of Luke 4:18, arrived to grow up and “proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.”

Because we have Jesus Christ in our heart, we can enjoy the fullness of His joy. We can be filled to overflowing, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Today and every day, let’s celebrate the good news, and share it with others in our world, as often as possible and as wisely as possible.

This is Luis Palau.  

The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown Wednesday, December 25, 2019

At Christmas time, we often hear only one part of the story of Jesus—His birth. But there is more to the story than that. The cradle is one of three symbols of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry here on this earth. The cradle or manger where Jesus slept reminds us that God became a man. Jesus Christ was no ordinary human. He was born in a miraculous way—conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

But that was not enough. Jesus had to go from the cradle to the cross, the second symbol of Christmas. The Bible clearly states the cross was the reason Jesus came to earth. On Good Friday we remember the words of Philippians 2:9, which say that Jesus “humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.”  The Bible teaches that on the cross God the Son voluntarily took upon Himself all the sins of the world. To think that every sin we have ever committed, every evil act and thought was laid on Jesus.

Then there’s the third symbol—the crown. The Bible says three days after His death, Jesus stepped out of the grave, and that’s what Easter is all about. Jesus is alive! He’s glorified in heaven right now. He’s God the Son with all the power in heaven and on earth, and He indwells those who have received Him as Lord and Savior. What a reason to celebrate Christmas! Let’s praise God for His gift to us, the Christ of the cradle, the cross, and the crown.  Merry Christmas!        

This is Luis Palau. 

Celebrating Jesus' Birth Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The world was lying in spiritual darkness when, suddenly, a great light entered into the world—Jesus Christ. This was such a joyful time in history that all heaven broke loose with singing. The evening when Jesus was born, the angels of heaven broke through time and space and shared their joy with shepherds watching their flocks in a field. The angels ended their time of jubilation with this chorus: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests” [Luke 2:14]. Later, Magi from the East traveled many hundreds of miles to worship Jesus, presenting Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

If the angels felt the birth of Jesus was a time to celebrate, if wise men made such an effort to earmark this event, shouldn’t we, too? As the recipients of the gift of Christmas, we should celebrate it as a time that honors Jesus. We should worship Him and sing to Him and praise Him and unashamedly tell the story of His birth.

There are many ways we can do this. As a family, sing two or three carols. Read the Christmas story together. Read an author’s narrative account of what the birth of Jesus must have been like. Watch the opening segment of Matthew or Luke’s Gospel online.

This year, don’t let the opportunity to celebrate go by. Tell people around you about Him – Jesus Christ. Put Jesus at the center of your holiday jubilation.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Left Heaven for Us Monday, December 23, 2019

During World War II a soldier left home to fight for his country, leaving behind a wife and infant son.  His wife had no idea if or when they would see him again.  Five years went by, and the little boy grew, reminded often that the photo on the shelf was of his daddy, who would some day be coming home.  One morning the boy said, “Mommy, I wish Daddy would just step out of the picture frame.” 

In a sense that’s what God did 2,000 years ago. John 1:14 says, “The Word [Jesus Christ] became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” One day, Jesus stepped out of heaven and became one of us so we could look at Him and say, “So that’s what God looks like.”

Jesus Christ didn’t come to earth just to see what it was like to be human or to see how we were getting along. Jesus became a man to reveal God to us. Without Christmas, we would have no idea what God the Father was like, no hope of receiving forgiveness of sin, no assurance of life after death, no hope of heaven, and no knowledge of real love, joy, and peace. Pass it on to people in your world.

Because of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, we can enjoy a relationship with God. And as His children, Jesus wants to reveal Himself through us to the world. What an amazing privilege that is—especially at Christmas time.              

This is Luis Palau.  

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