Happy New Year!

For January 1, 2021
Today, people around the world will welcome a new year. With each successive year of the Gregorian Calendar, proposed in 1582 to compensate for the solar year drift of the Julian Calendar, which was instituted around 45   before the birth of Christ (B.C.), we note the time that has passed since the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The term B.C. is used to designate the time before the birth of Christ from the time after His birth, referred to as Anno Domini (A.D.), which is Latin for, “In the year of our Lord.” The time since Jesus’ birth is also referred to as the Common, Current, or Christian Era (C.E.).

Numbering these calendar years is appropriate for paying our respects to the most influential person in human history. In other words, this year, we acknowledge that two-thousand and twenty-one years have passed since the birth of Jesus Christ (although many scholars place His birth somewhere around 4 BC).

We make this distinction because only through Jesus Christ can we, as sin-scarred humans, be reconciled to our holy God. We benefit from Jesus’ atoning work, not by trying to perform good deeds, but by placing our faith in the redeeming works He still performs to God on our behalf.

      • His perfect life satisfies all God’s requirements for conformity to God’s holy Law.
      • His sacrificial death at Calvary remains our perfect sacrifice to absolve us from our sin.
      • Jesus’ resurrection secures God’s acceptance of His redeeming work; now we can have full confidence that He is our accepted way to God, and
      • His ascension, His Spirit, His intercession, and His glorious return provide all the spiritual graces we will ever need to fully experience His abundant life—now and forever.

The Lord promises to embrace us with His eternal power and providence when we surrender to Him. Then we can find the rest that completely satisfies and refreshes our eternal souls,

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NIV).

2020 was a difficult year for many. If you are looking for consolation, hope and a new beginning, let me suggest,

      • Others have failed you, so give your heart to Jesus Christ. He never fails!
      • Stop trusting in your human abilities alone. They are finite while God is infinite. Instead, turn to the Lord, and trust in Him completely.
      • Surrender to Jesus Christ so that you can experience and enjoy the fulfilling life of purpose, freedom, and victory He freely gives to all those who trust Him.

When our New Year’s resolutions are Christ centered and God honoring, He performs His perfect work in our hearts, minds, souls. Only then can we truly have a Happy New Year!

What a Wonderful Savior!

The King Is Coming And It’s A Sunday Celebration!

For April 5, 2020
Among the locals who gathered in Jerusalem to observe the holy week of Passover and Unleavened Bread, enormous crowds descended upon the city from around the world.

This particular Sunday, people were preparing for the Passover. There was a  faint, distant rumbling, which grew into a noticeable change in excitement and anticipation among the people. The distant rumbling eventually grew into a deafening roar:

Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!1

People gathering at Jerusalem from around the world to witness such a historic event was not coincidental. Our God is a God of divine purpose and supreme order.

More than one thousand years before Jesus’ birth, The Lord mandated all males who practiced Judaism to assemble “in a place which the Lord shall choose” three times each year.2

When royalty came to town in Jesus’ day, conquering monarchs rode horses symbolizing their dominance over their vanquished subjects. However in humility, our Lord Jesus Christ rides a colt, the foal of the ass in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 (KJV):

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass!

Jesus’ public adulation was His Triumphal Entry, which acknowledged Him as the “Prince of Peace” described in Isaiah 9:6. This particular Sunday is called Palm Sunday since people covered the road with their clothes and palm branches in a great celebration.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had arrived, and “the whole world had gone unto Him!”3

He could have chosen something more suitable to His station as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Instead, our Lord establishes a new ministry paradigm featuring humility, and love. He could have chosen to be the Conquering King, but He became the Humble Servant instead.

Jesus’ demonstration of humility should not be surprising since our holy God, the Creator of Heaven and earth humbled himself to occupy human flesh as Jesus Christ.

Purposely, He utilized this particular form of transportation—on the first day of the last week of His earthly life—to illustrate His accessibility to all. Just as He promised in John 3:13-17 (NLT):

No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Jesus is coming, and it’s a Sunday Celebration! Yet He is still accessible to us today—by faith.

What a Wonderful Savior!