Celebrating New Life

Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

During this time of year, we celebrate the greatest gift that any man, woman, boy, or girl could ever receive—Jesus Christ. I still remember my first Christmas after giving my heart to Christ. Christmas for me was no longer a tradition of giving one another gifts and receiving gifts, it became a celebration of a new life. The new life that Christ gave me changed everything. As I reflect on where He brought me from to where I am today, I have no other reaction than praise!

But for many people, Christmas can be the loneliest season of the year. Some have lost loved ones, others have no family to spend Christmas with, and some are in the painful stages of losing a loved one. There are young people out there who are battling depression because they live in a home that has been torn apart, struggle with social difficulties, or are addicted to drugs. Others are contemplating suicide because they see no other way out; they don’t know if they will live to see 18 their eighteenth birthday.

Whoever you are and wherever you are, there is hope, and His name is Jesus! Jesus Christ came into this world for people who see no way out. He came into this world for those who sit in the valley of the shadow of death. He came into this world for the bruised, the sick, the broken, the needy, and he came to give them new life and hope! Six years ago, I was that person who saw no way out until Jesus Christ showed up on the scene for me. In a moment, Christ changed everything in my heart. He took my broken and hardened heart, and He gave me a brand-new one. He can do the same for you!

If you are broken, tired, or weary, there is new life for you today in Jesus Christ. There was a widow who was carrying her dead son out of a city called Nain just as Jesus was coming into that city. Death was on its way out of the city while life was on its way in. Jesus stopped their funeral procession and touched the boy’s coffin and immediately he sat up. If Jesus has power over death, then He certainly has power over your broken heart. Give your life to Him today and celebrate new life this Christmas season! Jesus came to save!

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/unite">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/gotc">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/iyc">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="https://jsbc.edu" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/blog?author=paris%20ragan">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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