Monday, December 24, 2012

The Three Legs of Christmas (Part Two)


"Unto to you is born...a Savior who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11

THE SECOND LEG– THE CRUCIFIXION – HE DIED 

“Unto you is born A SAVIOR”. Because of the commercialism of Christmas and the busy activities associated with the holidays, very few people take time to consider the Savior. Little thought is given as to who He His and what He accomplished when He suffered bled and died on that cross at Calvary. The Lord Jesus Christ is called a Savior. The Bible frequently talks about “salvation” and man’s need to be“saved”. These words mean deliverance or rescue from a danger which threatens. All humanity is in peril, and therefore needs to be delivered or saved from that danger. The danger is God’s judgment that will surely be visited upon sin and the sinner that dies with his sins not forgiven. The Bible declares this judgment to be confinement to the “lake of fire” (see above) and eternal banishment from God. Are your sins forgiven by God? Jesus Christ is the Savior. He is the one, and the only one, who can save the sinner from his sins. It says in (Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other Name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. There is no salvation without Him. He is the exclusive Savior. What are you depending upon to get to heaven? Are you depending on your religion or your religious activities? Are you depending on your church, your priest or your pastor?Are you depending on infant baptism, doing the best you can, keeping the “golden rule”, tithing, etc, etc? None of these things will bring you salvation. You need a Savior, and God has provided His Son. “Unto you is born a Savior”. It says in (1 Timothy 1:15) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. This is the reason that he came, “to save sinners”. How could He do this? Not by His perfect life, not by the wonderful words He said, not by the mighty deeds He did. The divine declaration of a holy and righteous God is (Hebrews 9:22) “Without shedding of blood is no remission”. It was necessary that the Lord Jesus Christ be “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). He came to provide salvation for sinners, and this could only be done by the sacrifice of Himself on our behalf. We read in (1 Peter 3:18) “Christ…suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”. When He hung upon that center cross, He was bearing our heavy load of sin and He suffered, bled and died in our guilty room and stead. He went under the wrath and judgment of a holy, righteous and just God. The hymn writer wrote the words; 

“All my sins were laid on Jesus, Jesus bore them on the tree; 
God, who knew them, laid them on Him, And, believing, I am free!” 

This is the very heart of the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” This is God’s good news for each of us. 





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