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Series: Luis Palau | The Coming of our Lord

It’s almost Christmas! This is the time of year when we acknowledge the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” we’re celebrating just that – the coming of our Lord. Let’s prepare our hearts and minds to receive Him. 

Christmas is about Waiting Friday, December 11, 2020

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.

Christmas is Really about Jesus Christ Thursday, December 10, 2020

Did you know there are actually two Christmases? One is the Christmas of commercialism and overeating, overdrinking, and overspending. The other Christmas is one of love, joy, peace, and adoration of the One whose birthday we celebrate.

The real Christmas is a vivid demonstration of God’s love. In 1 John 4:9-10, the Bible says: "This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

Jesus Christ was God’s love gift to the world. He came into the world, was born of a virgin, and lived among us humans. The Christ Child of that first Christmas is the One who, 30 years later, sacrificially died for the sins of the world on a cross, and who rose again on the third day by the power of God. That is why, as we read in Romans 6:23, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

To experience and know God’s gift of eternal life, you must receive Jesus Christ. John 1:12 says: "To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." This privilege can be yours. Pray right now and receive God’s marvelous gift today.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesse Tree Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Students of art history may be familiar with the Tree of Jesse. The Tree of Jesse depicts the ancestors of Jesus in the form of a tree. The tree rises from Jesse, the father of King David. The concept of “family tree” that most are familiar with, is said to have originated with the Tree of Jesse. The Jesse Tree concept appears often in Christian art, especially during medieval times. If you were to look in medieval churches, you would find it in stained glass, on painted ceilings, and in various carvings.

This Jesse Tree idea is based on these words from the prophet Isaiah: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him … and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” It’s a prophecy about Jesus.

Today some Christians make their own version of a Jesse Tree for the instruction of children and creatively passing on the faith. This can be a fun tradition to start that is meaningful and helpful in reaching your world. You read Old Testament prophecies about our Lord, and add to the tree as Christmas gets closer. How are you remembering Jesus this Christmas season? How are you telling others in your world about Him?

This is Luis Palau.

Advent Wreath Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In the Christmas carol, Joy to the World we sing, “Let every heart prepare Him room…” What can we do to “prepare Him room” each Christmas? One helpful idea is to observe the season of Advent. Historically, on the church calendar, Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. Advent is a time of anticipating Christ coming to us. Most people are familiar with Advent calendars that count down to Christmas day.

Another idea is the Advent wreath. There are four candles in the wreath: three purple – symbolizing the royalty of the coming King. And one rose colored candle for rejoicing. Four candles for four weeks. And some light a white candle in the center - a Christmas candle - on Christmas Day. Each week as you light a new candle you can read Scriptures about our Lord’s coming. Some families do this each night at dinner, and some churches do this on the Sundays leading up to Christmas.

If the Advent wreath is a part of your celebration this could be a great conversation starter with those in your world who don’t know Jesus. In Zephaniah we read, “Fear not… The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save.” What glorious Good News we celebrate every Christmas! Who can you share it with this year?

This is Luis Palau.

Anticipation Monday, December 7, 2020

Delaying something can make it better and more meaningful in the long run, don’t you think? Having to work for a long period of time to earn something makes it more meaningful when you finally get it. Or, have you been in a long distance relationship? Waiting to see that person can make it that much more joyful when you are finally reunited. I sometimes wonder if joyful anticipation is a lost art in our culture. It seems as though we’re more about instant gratification. But I think anticipation can be helpful this time of year.

Are you familiar with Advent? Advent comes from the Latin word for “coming.” Advent has historically been a more serious time of reflection and anticipation of Christ coming to us. If you spend the weeks before Christmas reflecting on our need for a Savior, Christmas becomes an even greater celebration because it is very Good News. As the Angel said in the Gospel of St. Luke, “I bring you good news of great joy.”

Rather than being a part of the frenzied schedule that many experience every December, take time for reflection, worship and serving others. Look for opportunities to share with others in your world the real reason Christmas is such good news.

This is Luis Palau.

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