~Matthew 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
Have you been touched by Christ? Don’t just automatically answer “yes” to my question. Reach deep down in your heart of hearts and answer truthfully … just between you and God.
Anyone you talk to who has ever received an absolutely wonderful Christmas gift can tell you who gave it to them, what Christmas the gift was given, and exactly how they felt when they opened it. Correct? The same is true with the gift of salvation. One knows when they receive this gift and when they received it. Everyone goes through the salvation experience differently, but everyone knows the gift they have been given.
The Father loved us so much that He gave us a Gift through His Son, Jesus Christ. The beautiful gift of salvation began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned. The gift arrived when Christ was born. The gift was fulfilled when He arose from the dead. And, finally, the Gift awaits us when we reach Heaven. Our faith will be made sight and we will be with Him for all eternity.
So, my friend, have you been touched by Jesus? If you have, then arise and be not afraid! We do not know what our future on earth holds – whether our country will survive the birth pangs of the end times – whether the Rapture will happen today or in 20 years. But one thing we know for certain – Christ touched us and we need not be afraid!
Stand out amongst the lost and rejoice! Give Christ the sacrifice of a thankful heart this Christmas. Let everyone you know hear you rejoice in the God of your salvation! Praise be to God in the highest!!!!