By: Richard Berry
There was a man born of Jewish parents in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerate preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness.
While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had, his clothing. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the centerpiece of much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has One Solitary Life.
As recorded by Gene Autry
I love to revisit this poem every Christmas Season. It reminds me of the impact Jesus Christ has had and still has on the past, present, and future. Even though I am a financial advisor, I am more concerned about people’s eternity than I am of their money. I ask you today to ponder the following questions:
1. Who do you say Jesus is?
2. If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity?
I want to invite each of you to make Jesus Lord of your life right now if you haven’t already.
Jesus said in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is just that simple. If you want to have peace that surpasses all understanding, hope, joy, a blessed life, and the promise of spending eternity with our gracious, loving, Heavenly Father, pray this prayer, “Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept You out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear You knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive Your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to Earth. I believe You are the Son of God Who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank You for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe Your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.”
Merry Christmas! I pray God's richest blessings on you and your family in the New Year!