In light of Christmas approaching, I was reading the account of Jesus’ birth in Luke 1 and 2 this morning. And two things caught my attention regarding our salvation.
In chapter 1, the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, was speaking with Mary, explaining that Mary’s cousin Elizabeth (who was barren and way past child bearing years) had conceived a son. He tells Mary,
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
He then proceeds to tell her that she, too, will conceive a child (as a virgin) and that she is to name the baby Jesus.
Now, hold that thought for a minute…
In Chapter 2, it’s the eighth day after Jesus’ birth and He is to be circumcised, according to Jewish tradition. Simeon, a Jewish priest (I believe), was a holy and devout man (as it states in this passage). The Holy Spirit had told him that he would see Christ before he died. And, this same Holy Spirit led him to the temple that day.
“Lord, now you are letting Your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of ALL peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32) (The emphasis is mine in this passage)
Do you know what a Gentile was? It was a term reserved for those individuals who were pagans, those who believed in multiple gods (note the little g here) in the Greek and Roman culture. They didn’t believe in God. They weren’t Jewish. They were heathens.
Note what Luke is saying in this passage. Jesus is God’s SALVATION for ALL people. Jesus wasn’t sent for a select few. He was sent for every single person whether they believe in Him or not. The choice is ultimately reserved for each person (which is a different post all together), but the main point here is that Jesus was sent to be the salvation for anyone who believes in Him. He was to be the glory of the Israelites – the Messiah that they’d been waiting for for centuries. He was to be the light of the world FOR EVERYONE, so that those living in darkness would no longer be blind to God’s love, separated by sin.
That’s the beauty of this season we call Christmas (note the first six letters in this word spell CHRIST). What is on the top of most Christmas trees? Either a star or an angel – both representative of the true story of Christmas. The star showed the way to the true Light of the world (Jesus). It was a beacon to shepherds and wise men (thus again showing that Jesus was born for the lowliest to the wisest and richest of men). The angel was a messenger, delivering God’s word, proclaiming Jesus’ birth.
Now, remember what I told you first? You might think that it’s impossible. That the story of Jesus’ birth is ridiculous and this is just another holiday. That is where you are sadly mistaken. The Christmas story is full of miracles and wonder. It’s an epic love story of a love so strong, so unbreakable, so moving that it’s affected the world for millennia.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Remember, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37
It’s not impossible for a loving God to send His Son.
It’s not impossible to love Jesus.
It’s not impossible to receive salvation.
After all, with God all things are possible. ALL THINGS for ALL PEOPLE who believe in the ONE who came to set us free from the sin that holds us down, breaks our spirit, wounds our soul, and binds us to the darkness of this world. You don’t have to live in the darkness. You can live in the light of the world by the One who brought it to the world – Jesus Christ. It’s not impossible to put all those heartbreaks, sins, dirty deeds, and sorrow behind you. All you need this Christmas season is Jesus Christ. Accept the gift of salvation that God sent you through His Son, Jesus. Be whole. Be free. Be HIS.