Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal!

This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and ALL that He has done for me—who saved and changed (inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!"

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Serving in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia-Olsonღღღ

Christmas Is Jesus Christ

By: David and Erlinda Olson

1 SAMUEL 12:24 ~ "Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you."

As Christmas Day is fast unfolding, we understand all the joys and cheers this Season brings. However, let us NOT forget that the message of Christmas is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and NOT us. Christmas is about LOVE and GIVING and NOT about ourselves and receiving.


Christmas is NOT how much gifts or fancy food we have on our table, but how much our heart beats for the LOVE of God that is so great of a salvation, by GIVING His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).

Should God, in His grace, bless us with gifts, then let it be so according to His will and purpose, as He provides, and NOT by self-seeking or out of greed.

As we reflect on what God has done in our own lives all these years, we hope that you would also do the same. Let us reflect and thank God for giving us His Son and thank His Son, the Lord Jesus, for His willingness to humble Himself and left His Kingly throne 2,000 years ago because of His LOVE for US.

Let us be reminded, that without the birth of Jesus, there would be NO Christmas that we all so cherish and enjoy. After all, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

May God be most glorified through our Messiah, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Have a Blessed and Joyous Christmas Season!

Greeting you with the love of our Blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ,

David and Erlinda Olson

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Meditation Scriptures:

John 3:17-18 ~
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

Luke 1:30-33 ~
"Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.""

1 John 2:15-16 ~
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world."

Deuteronomy 10:17-19a  ~ "
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger,"

2 Corinthians 9:7 ~
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

Romans 8:38-39 ~ 
"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

ACTS 4:12 ~ "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."


It is soon Christmas, and December has come with all the hope and joy of Christmas bliss. But what truly is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the Christmas shopping, the anticipation of unwrapping gifts underneath the tree, Christmas ornaments, stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle, the glowing lights on the doors and windows, greeting cards in the mail, fancy meals with family and friends?


As much as I see Christmas as a season of good tidings and great joy, but I have witnessed for some people, Christmas is a time of sadness. Sad about not having enough money to buy gifts for their loved ones and friends. Others are sad about missing their loved ones who will not be able to come home for Christmas. While others are so busy thinking about making money and more money for the coming New Year.  Is this really Christmas? These reasons can be good, if they don’t replace the true meaning that this season brings.

Christmas is a time of celebrating our God’s great love for the world by giving His only begotten Son to save us from our sins (John 3:16).  Reviving our hearts, renewing our minds of the things above that only the true meaning of Christmas can bring, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the Messiah, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

My friend, it won’t make your Christmas less of a Christmas because you don’t have all the money and fancy 'gizmos' for the holiday cheers! The absolute meaning of Christmas is having a personal relationship with the ONE whom we are celebrating this season for, Jesus Christ—the reason for the season.  Until then, Christmas may just be one of those seasons in your life that comes and goes.

The only way to have a meaningful Christmas is by receiving the gift of salvation that Jesus has offered to all, if you haven't done so.  If you have received it, this will be the greatest gift you could ever give to anyone.  By doing so, you will have Christmas everyday in your heart!
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

A Prelude To Christmas

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

JOHN 1:1 ~ "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."

JOHN 1:14 ~ "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Do you remember waiting as a child with excitement and hope for something to happen? Maybe you were waiting to begin your first day of school, get your first bicycle, celebrate your thirteenth birthday, or open presents on Christmas day. That feeling of longing is the same emotion the Jewish people experienced as they hoped for their Messiah ( the Anointed One from God ) to come.

Remember Matthew, the tax collector? He was one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus, who was also among the hopeful, patiently waiting for God's chosen one to appear.  As a public tax collector, Matthew was anything but popular among the people in his community. In fact, he was ostracized. Though Matthew had few friends, Jesus saw something unique in Matthew and chose him to be one of His followers. From that day forward, Matthew left everything behind, including his profitable job, and devoted himself to Jesus wholeheartedly.

Matthew's Gospel introduces Jesus as the King or the Messiah his followers had grown to love and the long-awaited answer to the hope in every jewish heart.  Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, and Matthew lays out the evidence, presenting the Good News of faith, hope, and love. Matthew also recorded Jesus' family genealogy, baptism, messages, and miracles to point to one outcome: the wait was over, the Messiah had come!

Matthew 1:1-17
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah,

whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiah
and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok, 
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,

and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

All glory to our Messiah, Christ Jesus, the Lord and King!

How Do You Know You Are Going To Heaven?

By God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation: What Does It Mean To Be Saved (Born Again)?

"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," (Hebrews 9:27).

Dear Friend,

God is asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die? God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again—which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today.

How?

First, you must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages (payment) of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell ...."it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. "...He hath made Him (Jesus, Who knew no sin) to be sin for us ... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). "...without shedding of blood there is no remission(forgiveness)" (Hebrews 9:22). "...But commandeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Although, we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. "God ... now commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: "...'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...'" Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior. "But many as received Him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer. In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." Just take God at His Word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church. no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it.

Just Pray:

Oh, Father in Heaven, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe that His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I believe that apart from Your Son's finished works on the Cross, there is no other way I can go to Heaven except through Him and in Him alone. I now receive Him as my Lord and Personal Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen."

God simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith. You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple." Yes, that simple! It is Scriptural. It is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today. If His plan is not perfectly clear, I'm encouraging you to read this journal over and over again, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Let God save you this very moment. God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian Life. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After you are saved—there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray—you talk to God. Read your Bible—God talks to you. Witness—you talk for God. After you are saved—you should be baptized (by water immersion, a symbolic picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection) in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord..." (2 Timothy 1:8) ..."Whosoever therefore shall confess (testify of) Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven" (Matthew 10:32).