Tag Archives: born again

A Fresh Start in Jesus Christ

During the Christmas season we are reminded of the birth of Jesus. The news of Jesus’ birth surely brought Joy to the World.

Fresh Start in Jesus

Why such joy? In “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” we sing these words:

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;

Hail th’incarnate Deity,

Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,

Jesus our Emmanuel.”

Jesus was pleased to clothe himself in human flesh and dwell with us. He stooped down from heaven to live with us mere mortals here on earth. This Christmas carol continues:

“Mild He lays His glory by,

Born that man no more may die.

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.”

Yes, Jesus humbly gave up his divine prerogatives to live with us, suffer with us, and die for us – out of his great love for us.

Jesus was “Born that man no more may die,” that through faith in him we might have everlasting life with him in Paradise (John 3:16).

Jesus was “Born to raise the sons of earth,” that we might become children of God and heirs together with Christ in heaven (Rom. 8:17).

Jesus was “Born to give them second birth,” that we might be born again – a spiritual birth – so that we might be transformed into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).

Jesus has given us a fresh start!

Adam and Eve failed in the Garden of Eden and they were expelled from Paradise.

Jesus, the last Adam, has succeeded and is bringing us into Paradise!

“The Scriptures tell us, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living person.’ But the last Adam – that is, Christ – is a life-giving Spirit.” (1 Cor. 15:45)

Jesus’ birth was a game-changerfor all of us. His birth is still recognized in our calendars, in this Year of our Lord, 2016.

Jesus came to give us new life and a fresh start. But we have a choice: Will we accept his freely-given gift or will we continue to live our lives our own way – a way which leads to destruction?

Moreover, having received Jesus’ gift of eternal life, will we live our lives as Jesus would, or will we take his gift for granted? The choice is ours. May we all choose better than Adam and Eve.

Advertisements

Leprosy is Not Forever

Have you ever felt so unworthy, so insignificant and worthless, that you felt hopeless and in despair? Do you feel as if everyone thinks of you as a loser, someone to be scorned and spurned? If so, consider the plight of the leper.

Leprosy

As reported in Matthew 8:2-3, “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Several things emerge from these two powerful verses.

First, the leper knew that Jesus had the power to heal him. Without Jesus, the leper was utterly and completely without hope, an outcast, ostracized from humanity.

Second, the leper had the courage to approach Jesus (within an arm’s length) to make his request. [Lepers were regarded as unclean and could be stoned for even approaching someone else.]

Third, the leper wanted to be cleansed and he went to the right source for healing. Indeed, Jesus is our Healer (by His stripes we are healed).

Fourth, Jesus expressed His willingness and desire to heal. Jesus’ heart of love is open to all who seek Him (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Fifth, Jesus healed the leper immediately. Such is God’s love for His children that He responds instantly to those who humble themselves before Him.

Without God, we are all lepers in this life. Our leprosy is our sinful nature. But Jesus offers hope and healing. Jesus offers a life eternally in his grace. All we have to do is ask Him.