Christmas Thought #2: The Savior

Christmas Thought #2: Read Isaiah 42

This passage is a prophetic look at the mission of the Messiah whom God would send to redeem His people. in this passage God said that He would meet the greatest need that we had. Many today have a different perspective on that need. Some think that our greatest need today is money. If that was the case God would have sent us a economist. Some suggest that our greatest need is to be entertained (as indicated by the number of churches that seek to entertain people on Sundays rather than educate and equip). However, if God thought this He would have sent us a comedian. If our need was political stability or revolution He would have sent a politician. If it was health, He would have sent a doctor. If it was information He would have sent an educator.

No, our greatest need involves our sin, our separation from Him, freedom from the curse of the law, and deliverance from slavery. And so God sent His Son to be our Savior, Deliverer, and Redeemer. That is why John the Baptist announced in John 1:29 when he saw Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

When you look at your needs this Christmas it isn’t for a dishwasher, or new sweater or the latest gadget. Your greatest need will always be Jesus who takes away your sin.

Praise God today that He saw your real need and gave you the greatest gift to meet that need. Remember that the Gospel isn’t just for the unsaved. It is for all of us. We never out grow the need for Jesus.

Christmas Thought #1 — The Prophecy

Christmas Thought #1: In Genesis 3:15 we find the first prophecy in the Bible as well as the first evangelistic message. It is the first prophecy of the coming Messiah who would be born of a woman, not of a man, revealing that special birth, a divine birth that would bring us the Savior. He would crush the head of Satan destroying the power of sin and setting humanity free from the curse of the law.

When you receive Christ today in your heart, your receive not the baby born in the manager, but the victorious Christ, the risen Son of God who defeated Satan, Sin and Sorrow whe he died on the cross. In Christ you have a power in you that enables you to live your life for God and others.

We find the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 highlighted in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”

Pray for God to help you use the power of Christ to live the victorious life that is pleasing to Him.