A fellow writer had this idea and since I can't think of a thing to write on my own today, I'm going to join in. She is going through the alphabet...this week's letter is J.
So now the hard part - what do I write that has to do with the letter "J"?
Ha...this should have been easy, right?
I live because of and for Him. I write for Him. I love Him. Do you know Him? Read along and find out...
Thousands of years ago (notice I didn't say millions), God created the earth. Genesis 1:1 tells us, "In the beginning God created...." It was perfect. Then man (and woman) sinned. God gave us the choice and, unfortunately, the wrong choice was made. But God (what a wonderful set of words) had a plan. He always has a plan.
A couple thousand years later, Jesus was born. He'd been talked about during those years. From Genesis through the Psalms and into the Prophets, Jesus was there.
John 1:1-3 (NKJV) tells us, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." See, He was there.
His birth was nothing short of spectacular. Born to a virgin in a stable. Angels proclaiming His birth to shepherds. A star pointing the way for Magi (not necessarily three, by the way). Today we see proud papa's/daddy's handing out cigars (well, not so much), but gloating about being a proud new daddy. God was a proud daddy - his son had sacrificed his place in heaven to come to this chunk of dirt and rock to SAVE us. God wanted everyone to know - so he made sure it was announced.
Jesus ministered on this earth for thirty-three years (give or take). Then he WILLINGLY gave His life for you and for me. He knew what He was walking in to. Why else would He cry out for hours in prayer beforehand? He knew He was about to suffer, severely.
I recently watched The Passion for the first time. Yeah, I know, it's been out for a LONG time, but I couldn't bring myself to watch it. I knew I would remember the scenes in my head for a long time and my own imagination had done a fair job of conjuring up the images all on its own. To know that the scenes portrayed in the movie were only a fraction of what my Lord actually endured broke my heart.
But endure it He did, for me. Whether you were here or not, Jesus did it for ME. But you know what else? He did it for YOU - whether anyone else was here or not - HE did it for YOU.
His love knows no bounds. No matter what you've done or what you're going to do - He loves you.
But that's not enough. You have to accept that love - it's a gift He's giving. You have to accept Him as Lord, Savior, Protector, Healer, Leader, Comforter (and oh so much more). YOU have to say, "Yes" to his call. You have to ask for his forgiveness and turn away from the wrong. He'll help you.
For more in depth information - there's so much that could be shared, but I'm flawed and can't get it all down - please visit here: The Rock Family Worship Center
As always, under HIS wings,