There is a special blessing inÂ the Christmas message that isÂ frequently missed by many. The birth ofÂ Jesus is not simply an interesting fact ofÂ history unrelated to your present life, butÂ rather it has a direct bearing upon it.
When the angel announced theÂ birth of Jesus to the shepherds, theÂ personal importance of His comingÂ was emphasized. He said â€œFear not: for,Â behold, I bring you good tidings of greatÂ joy, which shall be to all people. For untoÂ you is bornâ€¦a Saviour, which is ChristÂ the Lordâ€ (Luke 2:10-11).
Have you ever thought that it wasÂ for you the Saviour was born? Do youÂ realize that when God sent His SonÂ into the world, He sent Him to becomeÂ your Saviour? Listen to the words of theÂ angel, â€œI bring you good tidings of greatÂ joyâ€¦for unto you is bornâ€¦a Saviour.â€ Yes,Â it was for you that the Lord Jesus came.
He did not come to be the inspirationÂ of sacred art, nor the theme of religiousÂ songs, much less to be merely a goodÂ man and a great teacher. The LordÂ Jesus came to be the Saviour, and asÂ such He was born for you.
Bound inseparably together are theÂ Saviourâ€™s birth and His death. He cameÂ to save, and to save He must die â€“ dieÂ in the sinnerâ€™s stead, bearing the fullÂ penalty of divine wrath against sin.Â This too was personal. It was for you.
Such a very personal message ofÂ Godâ€™s love and grace demands aÂ personal response. The Saviour whoÂ was born was Godâ€™s gift to you, and HeÂ wants you to receive that gift. â€œFor GodÂ so loved the world, that He gave His onlyÂ begotten Son, that whosoever believethÂ in Him should not perish, but haveÂ everlasting lifeâ€ (John 3:16).
To receive the gift of God by faithÂ you must believe that Christ actuallyÂ was born to be your Saviour and thatÂ He died for your sins. Because He aroseÂ victorious over death, He offers youÂ abundant, everlasting life.
Wonâ€™t you receive the gift of GodÂ today?
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