There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only
one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly
human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us.Ē
1 Timothy 2:5 (CEV)
Christmas is all about Good News. But itís not the good news of special gifts. Itís not the good news of a big meal. Itís not even the good news of spending time with friends and family.
Christmas is about the Good News of Godís love.
The Bible says that every single person is lost without God. Without God, youíre directionless. Your potential eternal impact upon the world is unrealized. Youíre without real joy. Your eternity in heaven isnít secure.
But the Good News about Christmas is that God sent Jesus to seek and save the lost. The Bible says, ďThere is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of usĒ (1 Timothy 2:5 CEV).
If youíve ever spent time in church, youíve likely heard the word ďsalvationĒ many times. But you may not know what the Bible means when it uses that word. The word salvation is like a diamond. You can look at it from many different angles. Here are just a few:
Jesus came to Earth to give you the gift of himself. Too many people celebrate his birthday on Christmas without accepting his free gift of salvation. The gift goes unwrapped year after year after year. Donít make that same mistake in your life. You were made by God and for God. Until you understand that, life will never make sense.
This Christmas, open up the most important present youíve been given: a new relationship with God through Jesus.
Jesus came to rescue you. You canít solve all your problems on your own. Without Jesus youíre trapped in the expectations of others. Youíre trapped in living for the approval of your peers. Youíre trapped in addictions. You might try to change over and over again, but you donít have the needed power to escape. Jesus came to give you that power.
- Jesus came to recover you. You long to recover parts of your life that have been lost. Without Christ, you long to recover your strength, your confidence, your reputation, your innocence, and your relationship with God. But only Jesus can recover those things.
- Jesus came to reconnect you. Many people think that God will scold them if they come back to him. But God isnít mad at you. Heís mad about you. Jesus came to Earth on the first Christmas to reconcile you to Godóto give you harmony with him again.
From Daily Hope by
Pastor Rick Warren