Summary: What the name Jesus means to me and my personal relationship with Him, written for our Christmas Eve service.

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LUKE 2: 1-20

ISAIAH 9: 6-7

Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24, 2005

Pastor Thomas N. Bell, Campbell-Erwin Baptist Church

Tomorrow, so many thousands of years ago the world received the greatest gift of all mankind, a gift that altered the history of man forever. A gift of hope, peace, joy and love. A gift delivered to us in the lowliest of settings, a stable containing a manger in which the very Savior of the world would lay. You see God the Father wanted the world to know of His grace and mercies, His blessings, His awesome power and love for mankind. He came Himself, incarnate in a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and placed in a manger. The gift of course is Jesus. He came to live among us, to preach and teach of His Father’s Kingdom, to be an example to us, to fill our every need.

We are so blessed to know and recognize this gift, but there are those still today that refuse to see and hear of the King of Kings, the Lord of All, Savior, Messiah, Emmanuel. You and I both know that there are people who do not have a personal relationship with the Son of God. It is our duty as Christians to share this wonderful news of our Savior with those who are lost, struggling with their demons, struggling with the issue of sin in their lives. Yes, there are many who believe the sin and the lives they are dwelling in this very day are too far gone to ever begin to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Tonight I need to, and want to, share with you my personal relationship with Jesus. What the Name Jesus means to me. Perhaps through my words you may find something that will enable you to strengthen your personal relationship with Him. Or, even better find a way to help you share this great news of the Christ with someone who is lost and struggling. When I see or hear or think of the name Jesus, the sweetest name I know, I have a number of specific points that come to me. I have always seen His name letter by letter and what each letter brings to me. This is what I want to share.

J- is for Joy. Nehemiah 8:10 reads,” the joy of the Lord is my strength.” For me to know Jesus is my joy, and through this joy I derive strength. I receive strength to minister, to counsel, to face the pressures, trials, and tribulations of life to face anything that comes my way. Yes, strength to carry me through, God promises that if He can’t lift us out of turmoil He is there to carry us through. There are many people who face these same things and do not know the joy of the Lord and therefore continue to suffer. We have a duty to make them aware of the tremendous power of our Lord’s strength to lift them out and above all trials. I receive strength in great and pleasurable times as well. I see joy in the dew of the morning as it hugs the blades of grass; I see joy in the sunrise and the sunset. I see joy in the eyes of a newborn child; joy in my wife, my family and friends. I see joy in the midst of this congregation, I see joy when a lost soul accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, and from every one of these I gather strength. I pray that each of you can also say the joy of the Lord is your strength. When I think Jesus I think of joy.

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