One day Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. How blessed we are when we see Jesus for who He really is. Jesus, You are God’s Anointed One. Savior of the world. Prince of Peace. Lord and Teacher. Jesus is the Son of the living God. And Jesus wants us to know Him. Do you?
1997 was our first Christmas in a village setting in China and it gave us many opportunities to ask that question to new friends and fellow students at the college where we were language students. In ways, the “commercial Christmas” was invading even this remote no-traffic-light area near the border with Burma, but few knew the name of the Man whose birth was being celebrated. How blessed our family was to unwrap the gift of the Christmas Story by sharing truth and offering hope that could last for all eternity.