December 19, 2013

Wrapping up our Christmas acronym of the names of Jesus with the letter “S”, we’ll look at Jesus, our SAVIOR.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior…” (Luke 2:11)

Sometimes the extraordinary becomes ordinary the spectacular becomes mundane and the exceptional becomes common, simply because we become so familiar with it. Maybe – just maybe – we get so used to hearing that familiar declaration of the angel to the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem so many centuries ago that it just becomes another Christmas cliché: “For unto us is born to you this day a Savior…”

To refresh our memories and give us a renewed appreciation for Jesus, our Savior, let’s see what that really means.

Jesus, our Savior, was sent by God the Father “as the Savior of the world.” (1st John 4:14). Sent on a mission, Jesus fulfilled it on the cross.

Jesus, our Savior, saves “His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). No one else can save us from our sins!

Jesus, our Savior, gives “repentance and forgiveness of sins”. (Acts 5:31) No one else can give us the grace to repent; no one else can forgive our sins.

Jesus, our Savior, “has abolished death…has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel”. (2nd Timothy 1:9,10) We don’t fear death because in Him we have life and light!

This Christmas season, let’s not allow years – or decades – of familiarity stifle our amazement and extinguish our wonder as we reflect on Jesus, our Savior. If we are alive, if we are forgiven, and if we live in the light, it’s only because of JESUS, OUR SAVIOR! Let’s celebrate Him!


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