He Came to Save Us

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matt. 1:21

As we celebrate the coming of Jesus, we need to remember that He did not come to make us successful, prosperous, comfortable, fulfilled, or even happy. He did not come to give us a trouble-free life. That was not His primary mission. He came to save us from OUR sins. He came to deliver us from the penalty and the power of sin in our lives. As you celebrate Christmas, have you received what Jesus came to do?

A New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away. Rev. 21:1

As we get ready to welcome a new year, let’s think about the day when we will welcome a new earth. The Bible says this earth and the heavens will someday be destroyed and God will create a new heaven and new earth. It says in 2 Peter 3:13 that only what is good, right, and just will be in the new earth. A new year is good. A new earth will be great!

The Joy of Christmas

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

The joy of Christmas is that we now have a savior to offer us forgiveness for our sins, and a Lord to lead and guide us as we submit to Him. If Jesus is not your savior and Lord, then you haven’t really experienced the joy of Christmas. You may be happy about presents and family gatherings, but the true joy of the season comes from knowing Jesus as both your savior and Lord.

Worship Him

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matt. 2:11

The wise men who came and found Jesus in Bethlehem, did something very strange. Before they offered their gifts of gold, frankensence, and myrrh, they worshiped Him. Now, Jesus had not performed any miracles yet. He had not taught any parables. They worshiped Him because of who He was, not because of what He did. Likewise, we should worship Jesus, not because He does everything we want Him to do. That would be selfish. We should worship Him because of who He is.