Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth to save us, so that we too might become God’s children. Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). When we were yet dead in our transgressions, God made us alive with Christ
(Ephesians 2:5). How truly great is the love our Heavenly Father has lavished on us, that we should be called His children (1 John 3:1)!
Though we, like sheep, have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), Jesus took our sins upon Himself, suffering the wrath and judgement that we deserve. He laid down His life on our behalf of His own accord (John 10:18), and redeemed us from our wrongdoings. Because of what He has done for us, we have each been given a personal invitation to become part of God’s family. All we need to do is place our trust in our Savior, and accept God’s invitation to be His child.
Since we are His children, the Lord provides for us as a father would for his sons and daughters. He supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). He has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Every good and perfect gift in our lives comes from Him (James 1:17). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, we are counted worthy, in God’s eyes, to receive all of the blessings that come with being a part of His family. He has many promises in His Word that He wants us to walk in. They are ours in Christ!
Have you become a child of God? Have you accepted the abundance of grace and gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) that have been made available to you through Jesus’ death at the cross? Accept God’s invitation – bought and paid for by the blood of Christ – to become a part of His family. If you have already done so, begin to claim your position as His son or daughter. Draw close to Him, through Christ, with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12), and trust in His tender care. Receive the love of your Heavenly Father today!
In John 1:29, Jesus is called the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Back in Old Testament times, when God’s people sinned, they were to offer prescribed animal sacrifices for their wrongdoings. These sacrifices had to be repeated over and over with each fresh transgression. However, the blood of bulls and goats could never actually take away sin. (Hebrews 10:4). There had to be a better solution – a way to solve the problem once and for all.
The answer was found in Jesus. God sent His Son to be an offering for our sins
(Romans 8:3). Christ gave His life for us in the ultimate sacrifice. He knew no sin, yet He became sin for us, that we might, in Him, become the righteousness of God
(2 Corinthians 5:21). The blameless, holy Son of the Most High took our place of sin, that we might receive His place of right standing before our Heavenly Father. This was the greatest, most wonderful exchange to take place in all of history!
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time (1 Peter 3:18). His sacrifice has made us holy once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The Righteous One paid the price to make us right with God. Unlike Old Testament sacrifices, which had to be offered constantly and consistently, Jesus’ death at the cross will never need to be repeated. He obtained eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). His blood was completely effective in gaining the forgiveness of all of our wrongdoings. Place your trust in Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, who came to take away your sin, enabling you to draw near to your Father in heaven!
Before Christ was even born, Scripture informs us of what He was to be named – Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). John 3:17 declares that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn, but to save it
(John 3:17). These verses paint a clear picture of Jesus as our Savior.
He knew that we never could save ourselves, so He came to accomplish for us what we couldn’t do on our own. He was sent to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), His blood providing our justification (Romans 5:9). He took our sins upon Himself, and died in our place, that we might be made right with God. Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18). Because of what He has done, our wrongdoings are no longer counted against us (2 Corinthians 5:19), and in fact are remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12).
Christ’s saving work at the cross is offered to us as a free gift, which we need only receive. Instead of trying to save ourselves, He wants us to accept Him as our Savior. Rather than attempting to earn God’s blessings through our own actions, He desires for us to experience the unmerited favor He has made available to us. All of God’s Word points to His sacrifice on our behalf. His redeeming act provided a way for us to experience a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let’s receive Christ’s finished work. Let’s accept God’s offer of salvation, paid for by our wonderful Redeemer, as the free gift it was intended. Let’s turn from our own efforts, and rely completely on Jesus as our one and only Savior!
When Jesus was born, He truly was Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23). John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. The Son of God was born into this world, come to save us. He took our sins upon Himself, bearing the punishment we deserved, that we might be made right with God. Today, our standing before our Heavenly Father isn’t based on what we have done, but rather what our Savior has done for us.
Christianity differs widely from the mindset of other religions in this: Whereas most religions focus primarily on man’s efforts to be pleasing to their various, supposed deities, Christianity is all about a loving God, who reached down to save mankind from their wrongdoing, and provided a way for them to be reconciled to Himself . Truly, Christianity isn’t about a religion full of rules for right living. It’s about having a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, who cares for each of us deeply.
God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son into this world to accomplish for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. Christ didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped, but came to this earth in the likeness of man (Philippians 2:6-7). He was literally God in the flesh. His death at the cross clearly demonstrated God’s love for us (Romans 5:8), and His desire for us to engage in relationship with Him. We are invited to approach Him in Christ with freedom and confidence
(Ephesians 3:12). As we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). This Christmas season, let’s thank God for sending His Son to be Emmanuel – God with us!
This world can be a dark place. Fear, despair, and dread grip the hearts of many. Acts of selfishness and utter disregard for others can be found in abundance. Pain and heartache characterize the emotions of a multitude of individuals. At times, it may feel as if we are groping our way through the pitch blackness of the midnight hour.
Over 2,000 years ago, in the midst of the darkness, a Savior was born – Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12). In prophecy of His coming, Isaiah 9:2 speaks of a great light being seen by those walking in the dark, and a light dawning on those living in the land of deep darkness. With this wonderful Light came new life and hope. The angels who proclaimed His birth spoke of it as good news of great joy, for all the people (Luke 2:10). For those who would receive Him, He would come and be with them, filling them with His light. Then they, in turn, would become lights in the darkness (Matthew 5:14).
If you have received Jesus, then you have true Light of the World living inside of you. His brightness shines through you, scattering the darkness. If you feel like you’re surrounded by the blackest night, fear not. The darker it is around you, the brighter your light shines, both illuminating both your way, and drawing others to your Heavenly Father. To your light will come nations, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:3). Though everything around you grows dark, over you the Lord will arise, and upon you His glory will be seen (Isaiah 60:2)!
If you haven’t yet accepted the Light of the World into your life, do so today. He’s ready and waiting to come in and chase away the darkness. By dying for your sins at the cross, He accomplished all that was necessary for you to come to Him. Simply receive His gift of forgiveness, and invite Him into your heart today. Then you too will shine, reflecting His glory and brightness to a world that’s desperately in need of Him!