Saturday, December 5th

Saturday, December 5th

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Today's thoughts from today's verse:

We have been caught up in the marvelous experience of "unwrapping" Jesus Christ, God's Christmas gift to us. We concluded yesterday's considerations by saying that the sustaining presence of Christ in the universe is only a small part of a fuller understanding of his presence with us. We suggested that this fuller understanding of Christ's presence is captured by the name, "Immanuel," which means, "God with us." This name for Christ was foretold to the world before his birth so that the world would have insight into the purposes for which he came.

It was through the birth of Christ on that first Christmas so long ago, that his presence with us took on profound meaning and significance. Today's passage takes us to the heart of the matter. The Father giving his Son to us makes his incarnation possible so that he became present here on earth in bodily form. The Father giving his Son to us makes redemption possible so that he is present in the hearts and lives of those who trust him. The Father giving his Son to us makes eternal life in heaven possible so that we will dwell in his actual presence forever. Jesus Christ is the Father's gift to us and at the heart of the matter is the fact that he is indeed the Savior of the World.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I am so grateful that the world has a Savior, but I am even more grateful that I have a Savior. Thank you for forgiveness and eternal life. Help me to live in the full reality of your presence now and forever. Amen!

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