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From a Mothers Heart for the week of December 15, 2011

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By Bea Wallen

  Bea Wallen

From A Mothers Heart

A Savior Born In Bethlehem

 

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The angels made this announcement to the shepherds about the birth of our Savior. But why do we need a savior?

The Apostle Paul gives three reasons in Ephesians 2:1-3. According to this passage of scripture, we need a Savior because we are dead in sin, we are captive to the prince of the power of the air, and by nature we are children of wrath. Or we could say, “we were sick unto death with sin we were sabotaged by Satan; and we were sentenced to hell under the wrath of God. Therefore, we were in desperate need of a great Savior.”

Virtually no one, outside a fairly small group of evangelical Christians, seriously believe that without a savior all people are under the wrath of God. That without a Savior all people are captured and blinded by an evil, supernatural person named Satan. These things are not widely believed because they are unflatering to human nature and because they have to be learned from God through his word, not by man. Ephesians 1:3-6 teaches us that we are loved, blessed and chosen by God.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places of Christ, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him, In love he predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the kind intention of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved.”

When did God conceive Christmas in his Heart? The answer is found here in Ephesians 1:4. Why, from the foundation of the world? Because an all knowing God knew man would believe the serpent’s lie, take the forbidden fruit and die. He knew that sin, as Romans 5:12 says, would be passed on to all mankind and bring death. So God intervened before it ever happened. He planned out redemption so he could recreate us in his image. Read Roans 8:29-30.

When God spoke and brought the world into existence, Christmas was in his heart. Christmas is all about Jesus the lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, see Rev. 13:8. It’s about Jesus, God’s gift of redemption to all mankind born to die in my place and your place from my sins and your sin, because the wages of sin is death.

On Dec. 25, you and I and Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In reality we do not know precisely the date when Jesus was born. Nothing in the scripture gives us the exact date of his birth. The annual feasts celebrated by Israel foreshadow his death and resurrection, not his birth. The exact when, the day of his birth is not the issue, what matters is the time. Galatians 4:4-5 tells is that when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his son. Also read Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign, behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.”

Christmas came in God’s time, the fullness of time. The one first promised in Genesis 3:15 to Adam and Eve after they sinned, the one who would bruise the head of Satan the serpent of old. The problem is many are not listening so as to truly hear and many are not believing so as to live according to the truth of what Jesus came to accomplish.

For years people have been seeking to organize human life without God. They have tried to thrust him out of the universe. Many secular critics attack evangelical Christianity. Because these modern critics find it hard to believe in God, they have transferred their faith to man and are being deceived.

“He who has the son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). 

We all need a savior.

Life everlasting begins when you believe and put your faith in Jesus Christ. This is the real meaning of Christmas.

From My Heart