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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-18-2010
A Savior is Born, Christ the Lord
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
During the recent flap over Christmas trees at the Sea-Tac airport in Seattle, I wondered to myself, "Has it gone so far that the world recognizes a Christmas tree as a religious symbol? Has the name of Jesus been so far removed from the so-called celebration of His birth that now in the ongoing war against Christmas, people are attacking trees? Has the world totally forgotten that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Savior?" Judging from what I see and hear in the various media, perhaps we have.
Also, we’ve taken the Lord’s name out of our schools and our government, and it is considered offensive by many to simply say, "Merry Christmas." Well, I’ll say it loud and clear, "Merry Christmas." In fact I’ll say it again, "Merry Christmas."
Well, we know what Christmas is all about, don’t we? In fact we know it so well that we celebrate it 24/7. We celebrate it everyday along with Resurrection Sunday and Thanksgiving, 365 days a year.
Jesus came as a Savior for all people; rich and poor, black and white, red and yellow, short and tall, male and female, educated and uneducated, couth or uncouth, gifted and not so gifted. I guess I fall somewhere in this category. Anyhow, I need a Savior. As the apostle said:
1Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
You know what? He didn’t come to die for good and righteous people, because He couldn’t find any (Isaiah 63:5). He died for you and me. I don’t have anything with which to impress God. In fact, my righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
I don’t have any great notorious works or anything to offer except a heart that cries out, "I am a sinner and I need a Savior." I don’t have any great attainments. God certainly won’t be overwhelmed by my intellect. Job didn’t impress Him in that respect (Job 33:5), so I’m sure that I won’t either.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Jesus didn’t wait for us to obtain perfection before He saved us: He came to save us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We can go to church all dressed up in Sunday best and speak to each other in our best churchese and still be miserable. Why? Because we still need a Savior. We will need Him every step of the way until we go through those pearly gates.
I often feel like the apostle Paul. In spite of his spiritual attainments, he still cried out "O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me? (Romans 7:24)" Of course Paul gave us the answer in I Corinthians 15:57: Jesus is our Savior! He thanked God for the victory he had received in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is Almighty God (Revelation 1:8), who robed Himself in flesh to purchase our redemption (I Timothy 3:16). Unfortunately, some don’t realize that He’s more than a baby in a manger. He never ceased to be God, but in His flesh, He grew up (Luke 2:40). He knew what it was to sweat and get some dirt under His fingernails. That’s something that I can respect. He associated with people just like us: sinners, drunks, prostitutes, you name it (Luke 7:34). He always spoke words of life and He never put anybody down except hypocrites. He endured the cross and rose from the tomb and ascended to heaven where He makes High Priestly intercession for you and me (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 12:2) . And He’s coming again! For you and Me! That’s beats Santa Claus, hands down.
So, in all the hustle and bustle of the season, let’s remember what it’s all about; A Savior was born for all people, and that includes us.
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