I just want to say that I love this time of year. Today it finally feels like Christmas. I surfed on Friday morning and it was amazing. The waves were chest high and glassy, Blair was out there with me and we had a blast. The temperature was almost 80 and I looked at him and said, "People are shoveling snow right now and we are surfing on a warm, sunny day!" It was good times, it reminds me how awesome it is to live in Florida. Florida can be random....Today it seems like it is 30 degrees with the wind blowing, a few days ago I was wearing shorts and had the A/C going?! I've been here in Jacksonville since I graduated last December and it has been quite a journey. God has taught me so much, how much more I need Him. God continues to show me that I must stay close to Him in all things.
Christmas time is special...Jesus came as an child into a world that ended up putting him on a cross. The blood is special. The very blood Jesus shed is what makes Christmas so amazing to me. Yes, it is Jesus' birthday, but the blood that he shed for you and me on the cross is what brings us new life. He paid our sin debt by His blood. God has given me a second chance, without Him I am hopeless for eternity.
This brings joy to my life!
1 John 2:2 says, "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the world."
The word "Propitiation" (To read more on this) simply put is Jesus completely satisfied the just demands of a holy God for judgment on sin, by His death on the Cross of Calvary.
He paid the price for you and me. During Christmas remember when you buy gifts that Jesus gave us the gift of salvation! What am amazing Savior!