by Jeff Moorehead
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14
Have you ever stopped to think which part of Christmas causes you to understand your great need of a deliverance? Is it the decorations? Gifts? Songs? Food? Parties? Maybe the family traditions? Christmas American-style is not designed to highlight our needs, but our wants and this can potentially cause you and me to miss one of the central truths of God’s Christmas story: deliverance.
- The Apostle John tells us specifically that “the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (I John 4:14)
- The angel of the Lord told Joseph in a dream that Mary would bear a Son and “He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
- Gabriel told Mary she would be the mother of “the Son of the Most High” and she responded, “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:4-47)
- Again, the angel of the Lord told some stunned shepherds that “in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10)
God’s Christmas message was loud and clear: He sent a Savior, One who would deliver us from sin. But what does this mean? It can be summed up in 16 words:
I need help: My biggest problem is sin according to God and it requires a deliverance.
Jesus came to help: God sent a Savior who by His perfect life and substitutionary death provided a dramatic deliverance from sin by giving us His forgiveness. (Col 1:13-14)
I cannot help myself: In my sinful condition, God says I am “helpless” (Rom. 5:6), “dead” (Eph. 2:1), “unable” (Rom. 8:8), “blind” (2 Cor. 4:4), “deceived” (Titus 3:3), “enslaved” (Titus 3:3), “futile” (I Pet 1:18) and a child “of wrath” (Eph. 2:3). In fact, God says, “deliverance by man is in vain.” (Psalm 60:11b)
I must accept His help: Deliverance from the Deliverer isn’t automatic, but requires a willing heart to turn away from sin and trust in the only Deliverer, Jesus Christ.
Have you been delivered by the only Savior, Jesus Christ? If not, put your faith in Him alone. If you have, make sure your Christmas is filled with thanksgiving.