Christmas and Salvation
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (NIV)
Knowing that Christmastime is God's chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time for us to receive forgiveness. “A Savior has been born to you.”
God sent us a Savior because we need a Savior. If we didn't need a Savior, God wouldn't have wasted time sending one. God sent a Savior so we could receive forgiveness and be part of the eternal Family of God! Forever!!!!!!!!!
Why else do I need a Savior? Because the Bible says that heaven is a perfect place. There's no sin in heaven; there's no suffering in heaven; there's no pain in heaven; there's no sorrow in heaven. It is a perfect place. The Bible says only perfect people get to live there. Obviously, if imperfect people lived there it wouldn't be perfect. That means I don't stand a chance of getting to heaven on my own merit. It’s only by grace that I get to heaven.
You may be a good person, but the Bible doesn't say good people go to heaven. It says perfect people go to heaven. Not imperfect ... perfect. And none of us measure up. Jesus said, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
So we all have a big problem. Here's this perfect place, but none of us are perfect. So God came to earth in the form of Jesus, who was perfect. I can't get to heaven on my own, but Jesus says, "I will be your Savior."
How do I let Christ save me? It's real simple. You admit you need a Savior. That's hard for a lot of us because it hurts our pride. We think we're a good person. That may even be true but you're not good enough. You're not perfect. We must admit, "I need a Savior. I need help. God, I need Jesus in my life. I need Jesus to be my Savior." You have a time & moment where you discovered you needed a Savior.
You can't have Christ as your Savior until you quit trying to get to heaven on your own effort. You have to just have to say, "God, I don't deserve to be forgiven. I just cast myself on Your mercy. Please forgive me of my sins.” And God says, "That's what I've been waiting for. You are forgiven."
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NLT)