From Under the Tree to On the Tree
According to Luke chapter 7, Jesus was dining with some men of honor. All of a sudden, a woman came to the event and knelt down with a peculiar-looking present. Well, it would have been odd compared to the gifts of today. I doubt it was wrapped with red and green wrapping paper, and it was more than likely not topped-off with a bow. Nevertheless, she brought the object and knelt down to the feet of Jesus with the gift in her hands. She began to cry, washing his feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. It wasn’t long before she began to kiss Jesus’s feet. Then, that gift came into use. It was “a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume” (Luke 7:37). The woman anointed the feet of the Son of God with the gift that she brought. After the men of honor threw their shouts of discontent saying, “…She’s a sinner” (V. 39); Jesus spoke hope to the guilt-stricken, desperate young lady. He said, “Your sins are forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (V. 48, 50).
Is Believing Enough?
Today, I am asking you this question. Although I don’t know the answer as fully as I wish, God has given me words to speak concerning it.
Whenever you say “I believe,” you are proclaiming that you have faith, trust, confidence, and conviction toward something or someone. “I believe” should cause you to act. If you really mean it, your passion will cause you to take the steps necessary to obedience and aid for that of which you believe. It’s easy to say “I believe,” but it’s hard sometimes to act out what you believe, especially when it comes to believing in Jesus.
You are a Christmas tree
Most people take the time during the Christmas holiday to put up a Christmas tree. It looks great, but what does it mean?
In the old, old days, people thought of these evergreen plants as capable of keeping away bad spirits or circumstances from their homes. The Egyptians used these types of trees for the purpose of representing triumph over death, even though it was associated with a pagan god. The Vikings and Romans also used these trees, but they weren’t Christmas trees quite yet.
Weak Christmas Lists
It’s the season for Christmas lists. You've likely formed your own, whether it is spoken, unspoken, or written. Because of Jesus, I believe that we are making “Weak Christmas Lists.” You are probably wondering, “Jesus doesn't buy me gifts…” Truth is, he gave us the greatest gift of all-time: the sacrifice on the cross for our sins.