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December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

"Receive Forgiveness at Christmas"

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 11

Knowing that Christmas is God’s chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time for us to receive forgiveness for the broken relationships and things we have done or not done.

When God wanted to save the world He didn’t send a salesman, a politician or a scientist because we don’t need those gifts and abilities to save us.  God sent a Savior because we need a Savior, someone to free us from our sins.

If we didn’t need a Savior God wouldn’t have wasted His time sending one.  God sent a Savior to bring forgiveness to us.  That’s the most important gift that Jesus gives us.

We needed a Savior because God wants perfect people in heaven.  We’re not perfect here or when we die.  Dying is a result of our sin.  So Jesus came so that God could view us differently.  We couldn’t have gotten into heaven without His help.

Now, you may think of yourself as a good person, but good people don’t get into heaven.  Only perfect people go to heaven.  None of us measure up to that.

Your goodness will not get you into heaven but your Savior will.  To get into heaven you need to admit that you’re a sinner and accept Jesus as your Savior.

Watch a lifeguard rescue a person and you’ll notice a technique.  They will swim out to be near the person who is in trouble but they won’t approach them until they stop flailing, trying to save themselves.  It is only when they finally give up trying to save themselves that the lifeguard will approach them and save them.

As long as you’re trying to save yourself Jesus can’t help you.  It’s only when you are willing to finally admit that you can’t do it on your own that Jesus can come to your rescue.  When you accept that truth, Jesus comes to your rescue by forgiving you.

God sent His Son into the world not to judge it but to save it.  Most of us know those verses pretty well.  John 3: 16 & 17 are the Gospel in a nutshell.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don