MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins. ―Matthew 1:21 (NLT)
When the angel informed the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child, she asked “How?” (Luke 1:34) The angel explained that God’s Holy Spirit would manage the process, and if it seemed too complicated for us to understand, the angel assured us, “Nothing . . . is impossible with God.” (Luke 1: 37 MSG)
“Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!” (Luke 1:45 MSG) And it did. So, what about the second part of the promise, “He will save his people from their sins?” Are we still asking how? Do we prefer the explanation to the experience of salvation? Or, can we wholeheartedly trust God to do what He promised?
“Christ Jesus came into the world,” preached Charles Spurgeon, “not to half save you, not to save you in this direction or that, and in this light or that, but to save you from your sin, to save you from an angry temper, to save you from pride, to save you from strong drink, to save you from covetousness, to save you from every evil thing . . . He came to Bethlehem’s manger, and afterwards to Calvary’s cross, with this as His one business, that He might save sinners.”
Those who accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death can experience humanly impossible changes, made possible by His grace. In addition to the gifts of His love and pardon, we can become the Masterpieces (Ephesians 2:10) He designed us to be. He can accomplish in us more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We can have the final victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:57). This is comprehensive assurance. “Nothing . . . is impossible.”
And therein lies the reason for our peace and joy, at Christmas and throughout the year. We believe that He would do what He said. Celebrate salvation daily!
Prayer: Gracious God, we thank You for all the Christmas gifts we receive, especially for the gift of Your salvation, powered by Your love and grace, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Ten Powerful Quotes On Salvation
- “Every religion in the world is about man trying to reach up to God . . . Christianity is the only religion about God reaching down to man and offering salvation as a free gift, with the added bonus of a personal relationship with the Creator God through Jesus Christ, who was there in the beginning.” ― Francine Rivers
- “Salvation is the free gift of God, by Jesus Christ, and the work of it is supernatural. It is done by the Lord Himself, and He has power to do it, however weak, no, however dead in sin, the sinner may be!” ― C.H. Spurgeon
- “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” ― Peter Kreeft
- “Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you . . . He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.” ― A.W. Tozer
- “Is not this a miracle of miracles, that 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish'? . . . A truthful Saviour ought to be believed. . . Why will you ask proof of the veracity of One who cannot lie?” ― Charles Spurgeon
- “Salvation is not merely forgiveness with a ticket to heaven, but a life lived interactively in the present kingdom of God.”― Elane O'Rourke
- "By salvation I mean, not barely, according to the vulgar notion, deliverance from hell, or going to heaven; but a present deliverance from sin, a restoration of the soul to its primitive health, its original purity; a recovery of the divine nature; the renewal of our souls after the image of God.” ― John Wesley
- “Self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation. If you are self-sufficient, you have no need of God. If you have no need of God, you do not seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you will not find Him.” ― William Nicholson
- “The purpose of Jesus’s coming is to put the whole world right, to renew and restore the creation, not to escape it. It is not just to bring personal forgiveness and peace, but also justice and shalom to the world.”― Timothy Keller
- “You were saved when you believed in Jesus, but you were transformed when you realized He believed in you.” ― Kris Vallotton
More Sundown Devotionals
- Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time
One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?
- Sundown Devotional: The Rainbow in the Clouds
Rainbows hang from the sky like a drop-down from God’s universal menu to remind us of His love, His control and His protection. When the rainbow is behind us, it will be worth the turning around.
Questions & Answers
Question: Since the life of Christ was so different from the lives of most common men, why don't the people who claim they have accepted the Christ as their Savior live as close to the life of Christ as the nation will allow?
Answer: There are different reasons that the lives of people who accept Christ as Savior fall short of Christian standards. Maybe, they're willful hypocrites, so they don't deserve our attention. Or, maybe they're struggling and missing the mark. Paul counseled this group to "Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation." (Philippians 2:12 GNT) All believers have to grow spiritually, and they all need encouragement--not rebuke, not condemnation, not judgment. If those who have stronger characters will invest in the weaker ones, we will see more believers living closer to the standard set by Christ.
Question: Are there any examples in our time of someone who has accepted Christ's Birth and what written teachings of Jesus do they follow?
Answer: Sure, there are hundreds of people who accept Christ as Savior and Lord every day. That includes accepting His birth. They accept His teachings in the Bible as His written teachings and commit to following it. We know that someone is following when we see the change toward righteousness happening in their lives. Some s are gradual.
Question: How are we supposed to "accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death" and what is the proof will we have to show that we have?
Answer: We accept Christ—His birth, life, death and resurrection—by recognizing and accepting His divinity. He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), whose mission on earth is to save us from our sins, so we surrender to Him as Savior; and that surrender also makes Him our Lord.
It is an act of faith to invite Him, by prayer, to reside in our hearts/minds as Savior and Lord. We allow Him through His Word, and through the influence of His Holy Spirit on our spirit, to forge a reconciliation between Him who is holy and us who are sinful. The reconciliation is a process, not a one-time event.
The proof that we have accepted Him is the change we, and others, see in our character. Our sinful nature no longer controls us. All the bad habits which His commandments disallow—idolatry, blasphemy, lying, stealing, adultery, coveting, hate and everything else sinful—become distasteful to us.
Under the influence of His Holy Spirit, we begin to strive for a principled life powered by: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5: 22,23).
Everything about us—thoughts, attitudes, speech, deportment, conduct in relationships, media choices, self-care, care for others—show spiritual growth. That evident, continuing maturity is the proof that we are Christians.
© 2019 Dora Weithers