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Advent Devotional Week 3, Reading 1

Week 3: December 12 - 18

 

My granny was my “rock” in my life. Throughout my life, she was a constant display of unconditional love. Granny could do no wrong in my eyes. She lived a good life as a hard-working and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always full of love and encouragement for her family. In July of 2014, as Granny approached the end of her life, I sat beside her hospital bed talking and spending time with her. In her 96 years, Granny lived a good, honest, and commendable life. But as she lay there, listening to old Gospel hymns, she asked me, “Do you think I’m good enough to go to heaven?” As I held her hand and looked into her tired, sweet eyes, I said, “No, Granny. You are not.” I continued, “None of us are. That’s why Jesus came and died for us.” I proceeded to tell my Granny the Gospel and how we are all guilty of sin and in need of a savior. No one, not even my sweet Granny, can save themselves. We all need a savior. My dear Granny then prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior and Lord. I am confident that I will see her again one day. 

 

As the very first Christmas was approaching, an angel of the Lord told Joseph that Mary would give birth to God’s son. The angel also said to Joseph, “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The world was in desperate need of a savior. His name is Jesus. His name means “savior.”

 

Apart from Jesus, our Savior, we are dead in our sins. We are controlled by the desires within us and we follow the ways of the world. We seek our own way, instead of God’s way. We want to do what is right and good, but sin wages war within us. We are, by nature, objects of wrath. But God, being rich in mercy and full of love sent Jesus to save us! As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).

 

This is why Jesus came as God in the flesh on that very first Christmas. Only God himself can save us from ourselves and from our sin. 

"For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him," (John 3:17).

We need a rescuer, a Savior. We need Jesus.

 

Think about it

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve chose their own way over God’s way. They broke covenant with God, their creator and King. From that moment on, mankind needed a savior to cleanse them of their sins and set them free - not to be better people but new creations in the Kingdom of God. This savior is Jesus. 

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

Have you called on the name of Jesus to be saved? To be free? To be new? This Christmas, rejoice in the Savior, Jesus, who came to save us and set us free.

 

Pray

Jesus, our Savior, we cannot possibly save ourselves. We are helpless and hopeless without you. Forgive us for going our own way in sin and make us new in you. You alone can save and we offer our lives to you. Thank you for loving us enough to come on that very first Christmas to give your life to save us, and make us your own. We love you Lord and give you all the glory and praise.