Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
As I sit down to begin writing the wind is really blowing outside. It almost sounds like the windows are whistling. I know it’s not as strong as it was last Friday, but it is really blowing hard right now.
I received a text from one of the ladies in the church with a picture. It was of power poles with tumbleweeds stuck in the highline wires. The caption under it was “Texas Palm Trees”! I thought it was funny at first, but when I remembered seeing roads shut down from the tumbleweeds it wasn’t that funny.
I know that strong winds are going to be around but that doesn’t make me like them. I heard about trucks that were blown around in strong winds causing accidents. Even smaller vehicles can be tossed off the road by a strong gust of wind. It is a little unnerving whenever I am out on the road.
There is no doubt that strong winds can make a big impact on our lives. Regardless of whether it brings damage to our property or even knocks us off our feet, it causes us to consider what is taking place and what we need to do to make sure we remain where we need to be.
As I hear the wind blowing it makes me think of when Jesus was sharing with Nicodemus concerning the new birth. Nicodemus was having a tough time trying to figure out how a man could be born again when he is old.
John 3:5-8 says – 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus still didn’t understand at how these things could be. Jesus went on to share with him that He was sharing those things that had ‘heavenly’ meaning. Jesus even told him that “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up’ that whoever believes my in Him have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15).
But it is in John 3:16 we find why ‘the wind’ blew and brought Jesus to this world. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
As we approach Christmas, 2021, let us not forget that while the world may be shaking because of the wind that is blowing, when we come to Christ and believe in Him, we have life which He has promised to all who believe in Him. When we trust in Jesus and call upon Him to forgive us and save us, we can have peace even in the midst of all that is going on around us.
This Christmas just remember John 3:16 and hold to the promise of eternal life. Jesus loved us so much He gave Himself for us. So let the wind of Holy Spirit move in your heart. As He moves remember that it was love that brought Jesus into this world that the world through Him might be saved.
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!
Christ only, always,
Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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