There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. Whatever bogs us down in life there is power in the name of Jesus. We can come to Jesus in confidence to find grace and mercy in our time of need.
There is no power greater than Jesus. He is the name above all names, and he loves us. He invites us to come to him to find rest for our souls. Let’s look to Jesus and not our circumstances. He has all power.
Jehovah Jireh was one of the names of God in the Old Testament. The names would start with either El the common name for God at the time or Jehovah, Yahweh, and then add an aspect of who God is to us. Jireh meaning provider.
How fitting a song at this time to remind us to look to God the Father, to look to Jesus. Jesus is close to us. He is alwasy with us. I love this lyric from the song.
Going through a storm but I won’t go down I hear Your voice Carried in the rhythm of the wind to call me out You would cross an ocean so I wouldn’t drown You’ve never been closer than You are right now
The main thing I seek to do as we enter a new year is to keep my eyes and focus on Jesus. There are many problems that plague us in this time, but if we step back and remember that everything we see the stars at night, the mountains, birds flying in the air, whatever we see, Jesus created it. As John 1:1-3 says
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning withGod. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
The Word is a title for Jesus in John’s writings. Jesus created everything. I would like to encourage you to take time and ponder the awesome power of Jesus our Creator who is also our Savior.
As we close out this year and look to the beginning of a new one, there is a predominant thought in my mind. It is about hope. I am not one to sugar coat things and simply be positive for the sake of being positive. After the past two years of an ongoing global pandemic and all that has come with it, the question is where do we look for hope.
Depending on what country, or in the USA what state, a person is in, we have seen varying degrees of governments bungling the response to the pandemic. I do not look to government for hope.
Scientists can’t seem to get a grip on the whole thing. I do not look to scientists for hope.
So who do I look to? My answer comes from Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Jesus is the only one who can give true eternal hope. I am sharing Lauren Daigle’s song as a wonderful reminder of Jesus’s rescuing power.
The second video I am sharing is The Blessing by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes. It expresses my heart’s prayer for you that God will bless you my reader this coming year.
Let us look to Jesus for hope in these troubled times.
Isaiah prophesized about Jesus coming over 700 hundred years before Jesus came. In his prophecy about the birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7 he wrote.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Immanuel- God with us. Jesus is God with us. Jesus became one of us, so he could become our Savior. This week we will celebrate his birth during Christmas. What the celebration is really about is Immanuel God with Us.
No matter what happens in this life, nothing can separate us from God, from Immanuel. Romans 8 says.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Son of God and Son of man There before the world began Born to suffer, born to save Born to raise us from the grave Christ the everlasting Lord He shall reign forevermore
I love these lyrics in the song Noel. Jesus came to earth from heaven born as a human baby for one reason- to suffer, die and defeat death for us.That is the hope available for all who will receive him.
This life is temporary. Any suffering we endure in this life is temporary. I do not make light of suffering. I know the pains of chronic illness all to well since I live with more than one. Each day it is not a question of if I have pain, it is a question of how much. But knowing an eternal home with Jesus in heaven awaits me, makes it easier to cope with the here and now.
One verse in John 17 reveals to us why Jesus came. What the end goal of his being born as a human baby was. Why he left his glory in heaven to be born a human baby.
He wants us to be with him for all eternity. John 17:24 says:
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
Jesus wants all who will believe in him to be with him forever. He wants us to be with him in heaven and enjoy eternity with him. But we should not think of this as merely a ticket out of hell and into heaven. He wants relationship with us an eternal relationship. In the last verse of John 17, Jesus said this:
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
He makes God the Father known to us not a mere head knowledge but rather intimately knowing Jesus and God the Father. Jesus wants an eternal relationship of love. He wants God’s love to be in us. He wants us to be part of the family.
That is why Jesus came. That is why we celebrate Christmas. Jesus loves us, wants us to be with him as part of his family forever.
I am sharing the video What A Beautiful Name because one line from the song conveys it so well- You Didn’t Want Heaven Without Us, So Jesus You Brought Heaven Down.
The question is do we want relationship with Jesus.
For me it is a good reminder that no matter happens in this life, I can be thankful for Jesus, his love, his grace and mercy. Jesus came to rescue us from from being eternally separated from God. He came to become our Savior.
The message of this song fits so well with what Christmas is really all about. Jesus came to be our Savior. That is why he was born as a human baby.