Jesus Christ the Savior of the World
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
It’s that time of year again. The holiday season has come with all its joy of Christmas and for some, a time of sadness. But, what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, lights in the windows, ‘Merry Christmas’ greetings and delicious food with family and friends? Or is Christmas a time of sorrow? You don’t have the extra money to buy gifts, loved ones won’t be able to be home, the big dinner may not be a reality or it may be a time that reminds you of your problems and the things in life that aren’t the way you want them to be. Christmas is a time of great joy no matter what is happening. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to demonstrate His love for us, to open the door of salvation to whomever would believe, to give us healing and renewed strength and to destroy the power of death!
Let us be reminded that Jesus’ birth was the fulfillment of God’s promise! Isaiah had the revelation of the future coming of Jesus Christ. He had a specific vision of Jesus coming to earth as a human being (Isaiah 60:1). The life of Jesus is living proof that we can depend on our heavenly Father to give us joy and victory in life. So let us focus on what is truly important this Christmas season by remembering how loved and blessed we are because of the greatest gift God gave us in Jesus, the gift of eternal life!
The unfolding of God’s plan on earth was working miracles. Miracles are supernatural acts that are beyond human possibility. The disobedience of Adam released a spiritual death upon all who are born, but God had a plan to destroy that death and restore people back to their proper state: a container for His power to live as ourselves on earth. God came to earth as a human, named himself Jesus and became the perfect sacrifice for Adam’s original sin. We have the forgiveness of sin and we are declared not guilty. We are translated out of the devil’s darkness and placed into God’s light. We experience grace because of God’s mercy. Jesus Christ’s Spirit replaces the old sin nature with His nature. We are given the righteousness of Christ. The story of Mary and the birth of Jesus is about a supernatural miracle (Luke 1:26-38).
Long ago in the town of Nazareth, lived a young Jewish girl named Mary. She was engaged to be married to Joseph, who was a carpenter. The angel, Gabriel, appeared to Mary and told her she would give birth to a Son and to name Him Jesus. As she listened to the angel, she must have sensed the possible consequences that may come when she accepted God’s call. Gabriel senses Mary’s concern and reassures her not to be afraid. Mary, who trusted God, replied, “Let it be to me according to Your word.” Her response could have been one of doubt and unbelief, but it was one of wonder and faith. She was open to receive the provision of the promise.
Gabriel concluded with a faith statement, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” This is a hope giving statement. It is a motivational statement to keep us alive and fulfilled with purpose. No word from God is empty of power (Isaiah 55:11). Gabriel was assuring Mary that God will do everything He promises to do. The supernatural miracle Mary experienced is the same for us today!
The Lord Jesus Christ is our gift of life. God’s promise for us is to have abundance in all things. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we discover God is our source for total provision and continuous supply. Religion will attempt for us to do certain things in order to be close to God. But, Jesus is already close to us when we accept Him as Savior and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. It can be a challenge to get past the idea that we must do certain things to be close to God; believing and receiving is doing something. We do not earn nor deserve anything from God, but we simply believe and receive. Obedience to God is always first (John 6:29). Take God’s Word as fact and what He says in a personal way (II Corinthians 4:13).
I declare every day that all of us would experience God and His unexplainable love. I thank God for each one of you. Thank you for touching my life in ways that words cannot begin to say. Have a blessed Christmas with a great expectation for life, health and peace for 2019!