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Series: Luis Palau | Why Jesus Came

Luis’s joy and excitement in the Christmas season will shine through on "Reaching Your World" this week, as he talks about just what the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, can mean in our lives. 

A New Kind of Resolution Friday, December 28, 2018

The New Year brings with it hope for the future; hope that stems from the sense of a new beginning; hope that comes from reflections of the years past; hope that new possibilities exist for us and for our families and friends. 

In our hopefulness, we often make resolutions. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions reflect very current, today, here-and-now, sorts of hope.  I’ve found that too often, a few months into the New Year, I realize I haven’t been disciplined to accomplish what I originally set out to do. 

Thankfully, several years ago, my mother-in-law made a great suggestion that has revolutionized our New Year’s resolutions.  No more random resolutions about fitness or organization.  Instead, she encouraged us to make spiritual resolutions.  We pronounce them together, pray, and then hold each other accountable.  This has brought about growth and lasting change.

Paul writes in Romans, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  This New Year, hope for something with eternal merit and reach your world as you do.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Cross of Jesus Thursday, December 27, 2018

Let’s never forget that after Christmas comes Good Friday. The Bible clearly states that the cross was the reason God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth. In the mystery and marvel of it, Jesus was willing to go. "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!" [Philippians 2:8]

What happened on the cross? The Bible teaches that God the Son took upon Himself all the sins of the world. Just think - every evil thought you and I have ever pondered; every sin that we have ever committed; every evil, mean, dirty, jealous act that we have practiced, was laid on Jesus Christ.

Jesus took our sins on His own body. He took my rebellion, my pride, my impurity, my covetousness—every evil thing Luis Palau ever thought or did—and He said, "Luis, I love you! I want you to know I am going to die for you. And if you repent and turn to me, then I will forgive you and cleanse you. Every sin you ever committed will be forgotten forever."

It doesn’t matter how rebellious and evil you have been, or how guilty you feel. If you want forgiveness, you must come to the cross of Christ. Once you do, you won’t have restless nights with a guilty conscience. Instead, you will be able to sing praises to God. You will have peace with God because Jesus takes away the sins of the world – and that includes you.

This is Luis Palau.

Joy Wednesday, December 26, 2018

We talk a lot about joy at Christmas. We sing about it in Christmas carols such as “Joy to the World,” and it is on Christmas cards and wrapping paper. But the rest of the year, we don’t talk much about joy. We talk about happiness, or contentment, or delight, but not so much joy. The Bible talks about joy a lot, though. The word is all over the Old and New Testaments. Joy is associated with singing and dancing to the Lord. Joy comes in the morning. Even nature cries out with joy: trees, pastures, meadows, valleys all shout with joy in the Bible. The Psalms make it obvious that joy can’t be suppressed; it bubbles uncontrollably out of people and nature. Joy must be expressed. “The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace…” – God has revealed that.

So, it seems like joy shouldn’t just come out at Christmas. Of course, we should spread cheer and celebrate Christ’s birth, but what happens on December 26, after all of the festivities end and Christmas is over? Is our joy gone? Do we put away our joy until the day after Thanksgiving the next year, when we get out the Christmas cards, carols, and wrapping paper? I say no! Our joy in the Lord should bubble up from our hearts all year round. People won’t help but see it and wish they had what we had.

The best news is: Joy can be shared and passed on. So, share your joy in Jesus Christ with those who need it, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year. It can change many people in your world.   

This is Luis Palau.

God Steps out of the Picture Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"I’ll be back soon," a soldier told his wife before leaving her and their infant son to fight in World War II. Five years went by. The young mother would show her boy a portrait of the soldier and say, "See, that’s your daddy. One day he’s going to come home." In reality, she didn’t know what to expect. One morning the boy said, "Mommy, wouldn’t it be great if Daddy would just step out of the picture frame?"

In a sense that’s what God did 2,000 years ago. As part of His eternal plan, the Lord stepped out of heaven and became a man so you and I could look at Jesus and say, "That’s what God looks like." [Philippians 2:5-11 and Hebrews 1:1-3]

Have you taken the important step of saying that Jesus Christ is your God and King? It is the greatest decision of your life. If you have never made that commitment, I encourage you to do so right now.

Simply say this prayer with me: "Heavenly Father, I believe Jesus is God become man. I believe Jesus died for me on the cross. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. Thank You for forgiving my sins. I gladly acknowledge Jesus Christ as my God and as my King. Amen."

If you just prayed that prayer, congratulations! God has just made you part of His forever family. This truly is the greatest day of your life.

This is Luis Palau.

The Cradle of Jesus Monday, December 24, 2018

On the first Christmas 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 with a feeding trough as His bed.

Even though we celebrate this miracle every Christmas and wonder at the mystery of it, many people don’t really think about it or believe it. But if God is God, He can take upon Himself a human body.  Jesus Christ was no ordinary man. He was God become man. But first He was born of the virgin Mary by the miracle of the Holy Spirit as we read in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel.

Jesus did not evolve from history; He came into history from the outside. His life is the highest and holiest entering the lowest and lowliest. But that was not enough. If Jesus had grown up and lived only a perfect and marvelous life, without another great miracle taking place, His life likely would mean nothing to you and me today.

Jesus had to go from the cradle to the cross. After Christmas comes Good Friday. The Bible clearly states that the cross was the reason God’s Son came to earth. And don’t forget His resurrection! I believe in Jesus more than ever. Why wait? Put your trust in Him today.
 

This is Luis Palau.
  

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

God in the Ordinary

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis opens our eyes so we can see God clearly in the everyday, often chaotic, parts of life. As you listen, you’ll be refreshed by the realization that Jesus is present every moment; He’s not only at church on Sunday.
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