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December 4, 2012

Midweek Musings: The true message of the season

As we enter this Christmas holiday, all of the tinsel, wrappings, and decorations must not distract us from the main message of this season.

Christmas is primarily about Jesus. Yet surprisingly, it is not so much about the baby Jesus, as it is about the Savior Jesus.

According to the Bible, Christmas is not about a helpless babe in a manger, but about a sovereign God who took upon Himself the limitations of humanity in order to live the life all sinners were incapable of living and dying as a substitute in the sinner’s stead.

The question that must be answered at this time of year is a simple one, yet one that carries with it a profound answer. The simple question is this: Why was Jesus born?

The profound answer is given by an angel in Matthew 1:21, “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Therein lies the message of Christmas in eight words — “He will save his people from their sins.”

A few comments of explanation are in order. First, the phrase “He will save” is written in an emphatic way. In fact, it could be translated, “He himself will save.”

The salvation Jesus came to secure is such that only he could accomplish this task. All roads and all religions do not lead to eternal glory. Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the sole Savior from sin. The only path that leads to eternal life with God is the path which travels through the perfect life and sacrificial suffering of Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin on the cross.

Second, the word “save” is a word that means “deliver” or “rescue.” Jesus came on a rescue mission. This is how helpless man is — we are in desperate need of a rescue.

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