She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give Him the name Jesus,
because He will save His people from their sins.
Anyone can save a life. Ordinary people like you and me have been at the right place at the right time and have saved a life by performing CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, by pulling someone out of an accident scene or out of deep waters. However, some life-saving situations call for people who are uniquely qualified and specifically skilled. It takes a specialist to perform an open heart surgery. It takes the Coast Guard to perform a major rescue operation at sea.
What kind of specialist would it take to save us from our sins? An ordinary passer-by like me can’t save you; I can’t even begin to save myself! And I think you realize the same for yourself too, don’t you? You recognize your inability to save yourself when you strive to change your sinful ways but you can’t, when you know what is godly but choose what is evil, when you struggle to curb thoughts of anger, greed, and lust but you fail, when you determine to guard your lips from lies and gossip and godless talk but the filth flows anyway, when you resolve to humble your pride and stop looking down upon others but soon find yourself back upon your throne of judgment. Like someone who is unable to swim thrashing about in open waters, our efforts to save ourselves are in vain; we are drowning in our sins.
So I ask again: What kind of specialist would it take to save us from our sins? …Look at your hand. Seriously, look at your hand for a moment. And now ponder this: God, the eternal, infinite, incomprehensible God…with fingers! This is what it would take to save us – for God Himself to come to us, for God Himself to take on flesh, for God Himself to come as a man, for God Himself to be born like us. Perhaps this helps us better appreciate what the famous author C. S. Lewis once wrote: "Once in our world, a manger held something that was greater than our whole world."
Now look at your hand again. God, the eternal, infinite, incomprehensible God, took on flesh so that His hand, a hand just like yours, would be pierced through for you. "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the while world." (I John 2:2)
Someone who’s life has been saved has a story to tell and will gladly tell it to anyone who will listen. Please listen: as I said before, an ordinary passer-by like me can’t save you; I can’t even begin to save myself. But what I can do is tell you about the One who has saved me, for He came to save you too. See, even now He reaches out to pull you from the deep waters. Take hold of Him and breathe in the Life that awaits you above the waters.
See how the blessings of Christmas extend throughout the year to fill your everyday life!
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.