Someone once said, “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.”
“A Saviour?” you say. “What do I need saving from?” Well, God’s Word, the Bible, answers that very clearly. In Matthew 1 vs 21 it tells us, “She (Mary) will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” So we see we need to be saved because we are sinners! Sin is anything we say, do or think that goes against God’s law given to us in the Bible. God is perfectly righteous and just and must therefore treat people as they deserve, and as sinners – we deserve nothing else but punishment!
Now you may argue that, that puts us in a helpless position. I would have to agree with you if it weren’t for the wonderful news of Christmas! The message of Christmas can be summed up in one amazing verse from the Bible. It tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The message of Christmas is one of incredible hope! The hope begins in a manger and leads to a cross. To be forgiven of your sin and accepted by God, you need to fix your eyes upon Jesus. He and He alone is your ticket to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Unlike us, He never sinned and His perfect life and substitutionary death on the cross for all those who repent of their sin and trust in Him for their salvation, satisfied a perfect God. God’s justice was met in sin being punished, yet his love was demonstrated in Him sending His Own Son to take the punishment sinners deserved!
This Christmas is a wonderful reminder that Jesus came into the world to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owe a debt we could not pay! As you celebrate Christmas with loved ones and friends and as you open gifts given in love I trust you will remember the One who loved you so much, that He gave us the greatest gift of all, His Son the Lord Jesus.
I hope you and your loved ones will have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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