Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015: One Size Fits ALL

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 356  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the group THIRD DAY singing … Blessed Assurance, declaring our praise of a Savior Who came to save all who would believe in His atoning work on the Cross.

Highlight Passage:   John 3: 16 [NKJV] …  
16 For God so loved the world (… you know the rest, I hope!!
… He was a “one-size-fits-all” Savior.
Highlight Context – John 3:10-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Jesus came to be a WHOSOEVER Savior!!

Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 4:18-19 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
 … He was a Rabbi for commoners.

Reference Passage #2 - Luke 2:9-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… He was the King worshipped by kings.

Reference Passage #3 - Philippians 2:6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… He set aside His glory so that we could see Him as our Savior.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Joe Stowell, used a personal story to illustrate His teaching about the essence of our Savior. He wrote, Like most children, I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas. With great anticipation, I would snoop under the tree to see what toys and games awaited my eager grasp. So I felt deflated when I started getting things like shirts and pants. Grownup gifts were no fun! Then last Christmas, my kids gave me some cool socks with bright colors and designs. I almost felt young again! Even grownups could wear these socks, as the label reassured me: “One size fits all.” 

And this memory reminded Stowell, and hopefully his readers (me), that we have a Savior who set aside His glory (see Phil. 2:6-11) to come in a form (i.e., humanity) with Whom all could identify; … a baby born in Bethlehem [see Matt. 2 and Luke 2 above] for shepherds and Magi alike. And He came that common folk, like His Disciples [see Matt. 4] or powerful folk, like Nicodemus [John 3] both would respond to His call to discipleship and salvation.

 King Jesus was/is our “one-size-fits-all” Savior; and He came, as He declared to greatness in the garden (i.e., to Nicodemus, a revered Jewish leader), that He had come to save ANYONE who would surrender self to believe in Him as The Messiah.

 And He certainly fits me as my Savior!!! … How about you? … Do you have the “Blessed Assurance” that 3rd Day sings about (linked above) that the God-Man, Jesus, fits as Your Savior and Lord. Oh, how I pray that He does during this Advent Season and for eternity.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … I’m so thankful that You came to save me and ANYONE who believes in You as Lord. … Amen  

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