Jesus, Saviour of the World
The heart of the Christmas message is about God’s wonderful plan to save sinful humanity. Six hundred and fifty years before the event occurred, Isaiah prophesied, ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…’ (Isaiah 9:6). In the fullness of time, that amazing event that was spoken of by the prophet took place in the town of Bethlehem. Before Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph the son of David, who was betrothed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The angel announced to Joseph with the following words, ‘…and she will have a son and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins’ (Matthew 1: 21). These powerful prophetic words succinctly capture and communicate the essence of the Bible’s message, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and indeed, the Christmas story.
The summary of the Christmas message is in the name, Jesus. Jesus means ‘the Lord saves’ or ‘Saviour’. So, Jesus is the Lord who saves, or the Saviour of the world. His name encapsulates the reason for His coming. His name carries the purpose for which He was born. His name contained the essence of His mission. So, when we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the physical manifestation of God’s plan for the whole world. This is the wonderful message of hope in a world filled with hopelessly. Jesus offers a wonderful message of hope, a way of escape from the condemnation due that is ours because of our sin.
So, Jesus is God’s gift as the Saviour of the world. That demands a response. In John 1:12 we read that ‘He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him’. His own people did not accept Him, rather they rejected Him. However in the very next clause of that verse we read these words, ‘but for all who did accept Him, He gave the right to become children of God’.
I don’t know where you are as you read this article. I don’t know where you stand in relation to Jesus. There are only two places or positions that you can stand. The first is one of rejection, whilst the second is of acceptance. I would like to invite you to come to the place of accepting Jesus as your personal Saviour. What is your response?
If your response is yes, then you can openly and honestly pray this prayer.
‘God in heaven, I acknowledge that I am sinner and deserve to be punished for all the wrongs I have done. I am truly sorry. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to this world. I believe He lived, died and rose again for my sins. I repent of all past sins and ask you to forgive me because Jesus. I confess and ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Saviour and Lord. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me to obey you and lead me to follow you all the days of my life. Thank you God for giving me eternal life through your Son Jesus. Amen!
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Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2014©
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