The happiest person is not someone who received a wonderful present on Christmas, but someone who:
- after days in an open boat, or
- after hours in a crippled airplane, or
- after minutes in a burning building, IS RESCUED!
We thrill when we read of the rescue of miners or of mountain climbers or of a child who has fallen deep into a well. What irony when a soldier risks his life to save a buddy, only to have this buddy refuse help, claiming that he can solve his own problem. And then he dies!
The greatest rescue operation of all time began on the first Christmas Day. Yet most of us refuse to be rescued! We are confident that we can solve our own problems. We deny that we are in danger.
But man’s danger is fantastically great:
- all the “ordinary” dangers of sickness, accident, war, poverty, and death
- striving for the wrong goals in life
- misplaced self-confidence, unawareness of the spiritual world
- and the biggest of all: lack of realization that he is destined to live forever - either in unspeakable sorrow or unspeakable joy.
In fact, man’s danger was so great that the infinite God had to become man in order to rescue man. No one else could do it! God became man in the person of the baby Jesus. That is why Christmas is so important.
You see, man had sinned. Now sin is not some minor weakness that can be cured by a few good intentions, or a few good works, or even a few prayers and other religious activities. No, our sin was a rebellion against God; a selling of ourselves to the devil; a total pollution of our wills and minds and souls.
The only rescue from this pit of degradation is by someone taking the punishment due us and also having the power to clean up our innermost being.
And this is exactly what Jesus Christ did. Since He is the sinless Son of God, He could bear the infinite anger of God against all sin. And He sends His Spirit into the lives of all who come to Him to cleanse them from every impurity.
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 But this rescue must be accepted. We must confess our sin, ask God’s forgiveness, and accept the only way of salvation: faith in Jesus Christ. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
What a wonderful salvation from a horrible condition! This is why it is a MERRY CHRISTMAS Is it for you?