I want you to imagine what life would be like without Jesus Christ. Imagine if Jesus had not come. Think about it: if Jesus had not come, there would be no Christmas.
If Jesus had not come, there would be no Christmas trees, no Christmas lights, no celebration, no stockings to fill, no presents to give and no carols to sing.
There would be no Jesus to comfort. No Jesus to save. No church. No forgiveness. No hope for the lost. No chance of heaven. If Jesus had not come, life would be hopeless, meaningless, and empty.
If Jesus had not come, there would be no Christmas.
But this is not the case. Jesus Christ did come. He is real. Jesus is alive. Jesus is the hope of life. He is the reason for the season. Christmas is all about the Christ, Jesus Christ.
Who is this Jesus?
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Jesus came to save the lost and set the captives free. He did not come to condemn. He is not a policeman who is looking to nail you for your crimes and shortcomings. He does not want to arrest you and condemn you and throw you into prison. No, Jesus came to take the nails on the cross for you. He came to save you. He offers forgiveness, hope, a new start. He offers eternal life, abundant life.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)
Jesus came to bring hope. He did not come to condemn you, but to save you.
Christmas is therefore all about the love and kindness of God. It is a celebration of the hope, mercy and grace of God.
God is a God of justice. Being just, he could not let sin go unpunished. He is also a loving God. Instead of God’s wrath being poured out on us, He sent Jesus, his one and only son, who took the fall on the cross for you and me. On the cross, Jesus paid it all. What mercy! God chose to withhold the punishment we deserved because Jesus paid the price for sin. What grace! We do not deserve this. We certainly cannot earn it. It’s the free gift of God.
You may find yourself stuck in a messy situation. You may even feel like you are sinking. Jesus wants to rescue you. He has a long extendable arm of love. He can reach out and lift you out of your despairing circumstance. He came to set the captive free.
Jesus is the Savior of the world and He wants to be your personal Savior.
All you need to do is call upon the name of Jesus. Turn from your old life. By faith, put your hope in Jesus.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)
Today you can call upon Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
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The reason for the season
Jesus is the reason for the season. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
There is power in the name of Jesus. There is power in the blood of Jesus.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
This Christmas season, acknowledge Jesus Christ and bow to him as Lord and Savior. Bow to Jesus, knowing that He is your personal Savior, and knowing that you are a precious blood washed, born again Child of God.
The Bible tells us, “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
He was born as a baby, in a manger, in the town of Bethlehem. He grew up to become the Savior of the world. When Jesus walked the earth, he brought healing and he delivered many people. Wherever He went, He brought breakthrough and blessing to the afflicted and oppressed. But the main aim of Jesus coming was to save the world. He was nailed to the cross. He shed his blood for the forgiveness of sin. He died to pay the full price for sin. He was buried in a tomb and on the third day he defeated death and rose victorious, thereby making a way for all people to have the opportunity of coming back into a relationship with God.
At Christmas time, we celebrate the birth of the Savior. But Jesus is no longer the baby in the manger. He grew up to be the Savior of the world. Yes, Jesus died in the cross, but today the cross is empty. Jesus conquered death and He is the living Savior.
The message of Christmas is that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Without Jesus Christ, there is no Christmas. Don’t forget Christ this Christmas. Jesus is the Savior of the world.