Author: Melissa Barber
Happy Twenty Ninth Day of Thanks Everyone!
On this Christmas Day, I give all thanks for the real reason of this season, the coming of a Savior (My savior), Jesus.
I understand that many of you reading this reflection today may not be Christian nor share the same faith as I do (It’s okay!). I would still ask that you indulge me and keep reading as I share why I give thanks for a Savior and symbolically celebrate this Holiday season.
In my (every day)acknowledgement of how much of a complete mess I am, there is so much comfort in knowing that I am not alone to do life by myself but that I have someone (Jesus) who walks out life with me and saves me from myself and all the dis-eases that this life brings me. Imagine being in the deep of a body of water and a tide comes in to over take you. The first thing you do is fight for survival. In that very instant, your will to fight prevents even a life guard from helping you because your fight mode will probably drown the life guard too. So, the life guard waits until you have exhausted your fight and you are at the end of your rope, and with little to no strength left to survive, the life guard pulls up and gives you a lifeline. He saves you and brings you back to shore. This is what Jesus’s coming did for me. When I was about to drown in all the messes/mistakes/failures of my life, Jesus threw me a life line, transforming my life, and said (John 10:10)” I am come that you might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The awesome thing about the lifeline is that it came with three types of life: a new life, an abundant life and an eternal life. The new life washes my slate completely clean. It says forget about the old junk, you can start completely afresh. Jesus says I’ve saved you from all your past, present and future sins. The abundant life means that I can do more than just survive, but that I can be intentional about living my life on purpose and with meaning every day. Jesus saves me from worry, fear, doubt, guilt, mistakes, unforgiveness, living a purposeless life, just to name a few things. The eternal life (as Pastor Sheryl Brady eloquently says) means that i have God’s retirement plan attached to my life that secures even my future.
Have you ever needed guidance and a little nudge to get to the next phase of your life? I have found myself (on many occasions) not knowing what to do or where to go next and completely overwhelmed by having to make decisions or figure things out on my own. Jesus, my savior, stepped in once again and gave me guidance and shed light on my path. Jesus reminds me (John 8:12) “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” I cannot tell you of the countless times that I prayed and asked Jesus to “let there be light” on a situation or to “open my eyes, Lord, so that I can see and receive the plan or blueprint that you have in mind.” And no sooner than I asked, did I receive what I asked for. Jesus guided me to the next phase in my life, showed me the next thing I was supposed to do, or opened the door for another opportunity that blessed my life. And it was right on time.
My savior, Jesus, is the ultimate when it comes to healing me of all my wounds and hurts (even the deep ones that I often hide from the world), without condemning me. I know that may be really hard for some of you to believe because you have met (on many occasions) so called Christ representors who do a great deal more of judging and condemning than loving. But, hear Jesus’s words for yourself. (John12:47)”If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” Jesus’ ultimate plan is to not condemn or judge you but to love you into salvation. [Take and receive this message if you can’t grasp anything else that I write.] Jesus is a Healer and does heal us from ALL manner of diseases. [My proofs: Delilah (hormonal imbalance, multiple seizures, soon autism and the rest of those seizures), Irene (double strokes), Shamika (rheumatoid arthritis), Neida (cancer), Bill (Kidney disease]
Do you see why Jesus is my reason for the season and why I get so excited that the angel announced(Luke 2:10-11) “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Jesus transforms my life; Jesus illuminates my path and guides me; Jesus gives me the blueprint for my divine destiny; Jesus heals me. And, most importantly, Jesus saves me.
Today as i give thanks for Jesus, my Savior, i invite you to know this Savior, if you’d like, so that He can do the same things for you that He does for me. Be blessed and enjoy the rest of your Christmas day.
Have a Great Day of Thanks