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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"S"...The Good Shepherd

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If so, that’s a sign that you are trying to focus on the right thing this Christmas season…JESUS!

            The joy of the season is wrapped up in the truth of a baby born in a manger over 2000 years ago.  As we focus on Him, let’s continue to take a look at the letters in His name to guide us. J-E-S-U-S; we’ve talked about the J and the E the past two days.  Let’s look at the S in the center of His name.

            That “S” should remind us that Jesus, our good Shepherd, wants to be at the center of our lives.  In John 10:11 he said:  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” And that’s exactly why he came…to live and die for us that we might be Saved from our Sins.

            Did you hear those two important “S” words? Saved from our Sins. The reason God sent Jesus was to take care of our sin debt.  When we accept Him into our heart and life, our sins are forgiven.  The penalty for our sins was paid…on that cruel cross.  That’s what we call Sacrifice…an “S” word, too!  God sacrificed his One and only Son, Jesus, to be crucified for our sins.  Talk about love!

            Christmas Day is only two days away! Let’s ask Jesus to be the center of our Christmas…and the rest of our lives.  Be reminded that He is our Good Shepherd who is always willing to lead us and protect us. Shout for Joy this Christmas season because of that sacrificial love.

            Keep Jesus as the center of your Christmas by allowing Him first place in your heart and life.

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