Being a Messenger of Jesus

THERE is no doubt about it, Christmas is a season of wonder. Even people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus easily get into the Christmas spirit. People are more generous during this time, more joyful and even sing Christmas carols and songs of worship about a Savior! There is just something special about Christmas that people who aren’t even saved and don’t even understand, know there is something about it that is special.

As Christians, we know that it is because of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of love ever given. This is a beautiful season for Christians although we don’t really believe it is on December 25th,  it is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with our schools and community.
In the Bible God sent a messenger ahead to prepare the way for the Lord.
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
  “I will send my messenger ahead of you,
  who will prepare your way”—
 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
  make straight paths for him.’”
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
(Mark 1:1-4)
Am I a messenger during this Christmas time? Am I utilizing this season to share with people about God’s precious gift of love, Jesus Christ, or is He pushed in the background, a mere side note among the presents, Santa, the North Pole and reindeer?
In Isaiah the prophet continues on,

  A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?”

   “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

  You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.  You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”  (Isaiah 40:6-9)

”But the word of the Lord remains forever. And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.”  (Peter 1:25)

Make no doubt about it Christmas is about Jesus, period. Those other things are just side characters, maybe nice things, but things that will inevitably and eventually fade away. Only this Gospel of Good News is eternal. Let’s make a determination in our hearts to make sure we are doing the best we can in being a messenger of the Good News about Jesus Christ’s birth during this Christmas season! Let us choose speaking about that which is eternal. Let us ask God in prayer to use us as effective ministers of His Good News! We have a great message full of joy! He is in love, in infatuation with all people, sinners and the righteous alike, the good, the bad, the ugly, rich, poor, people from every race, tongue, and nation! We need to share this! Let us not be afraid to say ”Merry Christmas!” Or even simply writing on our facebook status about God’s love and who Jesus is. Let us ”lift up our voice” and ”not be afraid” as the Scripture instructs. Let us use our Christmas Lessons to point to Jesus. Let us glorify God together through many different media this season, so that people can experience this Good News for themselves and come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Ululani Ortiz
Aomori

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