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"His Name is Jesus"

December 31, 2003

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He was named Jesus. Luke 2:21

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The Christ Child was named “Jesus.” The meaning of His name—the Lord saves—defined His role as the Son of God. God came to earth to save His people from sin.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 32
Bill and Chuck met for lunch. Bill approached the subject of Jesus by saying, “Chuck, yesterday you said you felt like you really do need a savior. Can I tell you about my Savior?”

Chuck replied, “I would like to know more. But I’m not saying I’m suddenly going to convert!”

Bill responded, “That would be God’s doing. However, I can tell you His name is Jesus. There is a lot you may not know about Him. There is a lot I don’t know about Him, either. But I can tell you what I know.”

Bill smiled and thought, “I know what I know and what I know, I apply.” He proceeded to tell Chuck about Jesus’ sinless life, that He died on a cross for the forgiveness of sins, how He rose from the dead, and that He was living and coming again on the last day. Bill shared the hope he had in Jesus that would be fully realized in his own resurrection.

Chuck listened with interest and asked, “How do you know it’s true?”

Bill said, “It’s a matter of faith in Jesus and believing what He has done.” Bill asked if he could have Pastor Greer meet together with them for more discussion. Chuck agreed.

REALITY JOURNEY
Salvation is found only in Jesus. A witness of the Gospel remains incomplete without a focus on Jesus as Savior: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God to empower your verbal witness to others with the true Gospel of Jesus.

Today's Bible Readings: Malachi 3-4    Revelation 22

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