The Only Answer

The Christmas season is one that is full of family, fun, food, and friends. But under it all is the foundation of our joy. The answer to our greatest longing. Of course, saying there is an answer assumes there is a question. Finances, relationships, job, writing, family, church, and school all ask different questions.

For me, the beauty of the Christ story is that He is the answer to every question. It has been said that “Jesus plus nothing equals everything.”

May you find that He is truly the final answer for you. And as you write and explore a life of faith, may this current Advent season of waiting, preparing, expecting, and giving grant you insight into the riches that only He can provide.

24 Responses to The Only Answer

  1. Anita Mae December 26, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Thank you, Steve. If there’s one thing I can count on in this business, it’s the way you bring everything back to Him.

    Happy Boxing Day.

    Anita Mae.

  2. Lenore Buth December 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    You’re so right, Steve. That line says it all. So why do so many of us who follow Christ insist on mucking it up?

    I’m guessing Tullian Tchividjian is Billy Graham’s grandson, right?

  3. Leanna Hollis December 17, 2018 at 5:42 am #

    “Jesus plus nothing equals everything.” Perfectly said. Thank you!

  4. Darlene L Turner December 17, 2018 at 5:44 am #

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sharon K Connell December 17, 2018 at 7:30 am #

    Absolutely, Steve. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of 12 and have never regretted it, no matter what came into my life. He is the Answer.

  6. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 17, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Did Mary know Isaiah’s gist
    and did her pure heart quail
    to see each soft and perfect wrist
    rent by an iron nail?
    Or was she somehow shielded
    from hat must one day be?
    Were the terrors gently field
    by God as she took a knee?
    I’d like to think he gave her
    both peace wisdom too;
    her Christmas Night made sweeter
    by what she must pass through.
    It’s bittersweet chiaroscuro, this story
    where the shadow gives the light its glory.

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 17, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      Aargh…

      Line 6, “WHAT one day must be”

      Not ‘hat’. Definitely not hat.

      AND there’s an ‘and’ missing from line 10, though ‘peace wisdom’ does seem a nice phrase.

      Fingers fast. Brain, not so much.

      • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 17, 2018 at 8:37 am #

        So if anyone’s still interested, here’s what the thing SHOULD have looked like(and there was one MORE typo…sheesh):

        Did Mary know Isaiah’s gist
        and did her pure heart quail
        to see each soft and perfect wrist
        rent by an iron nail?
        Or was she somehow shielded
        from what must one day be?
        Were the terrors gently fielded
        by God as she took a knee?
        I’d like to think he gave her
        both peace and wisdom too;
        her Christmas Night made sweeter
        by what she must pass through.
        It’s bittersweet chiaroscuro, this story
        where the shadow gives the light its glory.

        • Judith Robl December 17, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          Andrew, I’m always interested.

          And working in a print shop, I’m way too familiar with the elusive typo. (I think they were designed by the enemy to discourage writers.) Sheesh!

          Beautiful sonnet, wonderful depth and food for thought. Blessings, my friend. And prayers, always.

        • KT Sweet December 17, 2018 at 11:30 am #

          Beautiful, Andrew.

        • Jaime December 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

          That is so beautiful, Andrew! I’ve often wondered what it was like to be so human and experience so much from God.

  7. Kay DiBianca December 17, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    Beautiful article.

    It’s hard to find your way without The Light.

    Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  8. Jeanne Takenaka December 17, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Thank you for these words, Steve. Even in the hard seasons . . . especially when they come this time of year . . . we can find joy when we know the Joy-Giver. I appreciate your words that point me back to Jesus.

  9. Judith Robl December 17, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Great post, Steve. When Jesus is the subject, everything else comes into a different focus. He has helped me through things I never thought I would have to face. And with that help, he increased my witness for him. I will be forever grateful. It’s nice to know others out there understand the importance of relationship with him. Blessings on your Christmas season for you and all the people you live with, work with, and love.

  10. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D December 17, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Thanks for reminding us to keep our focus on Him.

  11. KT Sweet December 17, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    Amen! Thank you, Steve. As I grow older, this season brings me closer to Jesus. I re-read the Magnificat this morning, savoring Mary’s “Yes” to the Lord of Light and Salvation. I cried tears of joy.

  12. Brennan S. McPherson December 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Beautiful! Glory to Christ!

  13. Joey Rudder December 17, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Amen. He is the answer and all we need. Thank you, Steve.

  14. claire o'sullivan December 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    Steve –

    I’ve never heard that saying (or perhaps I have long since forgotten it, in which case I need to go back and find it…)

    Those are the purest, simplest words that we can offer, and surely a perfect intro to sharing the Gospel.

    Thank you!

  15. Janet Brown December 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

    Praise the Lord! Listened to John MacArthur’s message from Colossians 2 and enjoyed his love for the truth. He so loves the Word of God and holds it up to show Christ. This Christmas is all about Him, my life is all about Him and He is what we hold out to non-Christians. He is sufficient for acceptance with His Father and that is the key to life – not all the things that we see.

  16. P. C. Field December 17, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Words to live by indeed, Thank you for sharing Steve!

    He is everything anyone needs to have a relationship with the Father and to be filled with the spirit of God to be able to stand strong in the face of evil in its many forms especially, the thoughts that come into our minds.

    His name, Jesus/Jesu is our most powerful weapon, besides prayer, against all things against us and those we love. He has won the victory for us, we just need to claim it and walk it…one step at a time, every day.

    I learned this the “hard way”, but rejoice even more because I did learn and am blessed. I pray all of Earth may some day know this truth too.

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