You know the message God sent to the people of Israel,
telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him
receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
'Solve for X.' Does that instantly take you back to algebra class? (A joy for some, nightmares for others!) When used in an equation, "X" stands for something unknown. What is "X," what does it stand for, what does it mean? If "X" remains unknown, the equation isn’t really an equation; we don’t know how both sides balance out, and it doesn’t make sense. That’s why we call them math "problems," right? The problem is solved and the equation makes sense only when the value of "X" is discovered.
Weightier than any math problem is the problem we face deep within: our sin ("X") = the peace of forgiveness. If we don’t 'solve for X,' we will never know what brings us peace with God! On one side of the equation is our reality, the sin we deal with; our guilt testifies that we have earned God’s judgment. On the other side of the equation is what we need and what we ultimately long for; no worldly comforts or distractions or pleasures or intellectual denials can cover over our nagging need for peace with God. What is "X," what balances the equation, what solves life’s greatest problem?
In Greek (the language of the New Testament), "X" is the first letter in the word "Christ." (It looks like this in Greek: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ) "Christ" (which is "Messiah" in Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament) means "Anointed One" or "Chosen One." Anointed for what? Chosen for what? One day Jesus visited Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and He spoke these words: "The Spirit of the LORD is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor." (Luke 4:18) We are "the poor," destitute in the debt of our sins, helpless and hopeless to pay that debt. There is nothing we can provide for "X" to balance the equation and solve our need for the peace of forgiveness.
But look again at the impossible problem we face: our sin ("X") = the peace of forgiveness. What happens when you enter Christ into the equation? "Christ has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself." (Hebrews 9:26) Sin is done away with! Call it the 'salvation equation' if you will, but Christ came to solve what was unsolvable for us. And now to all poor sinners comes "the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all…Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name."
Do you see why the angel announced His birth saying, "A Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11)? The mighty "Lord of all" came as the meek servant of all, "to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself." Believe in Him and be at peace in the forgiveness of all your sins. This is the true peace of the Christmas season, and it is yours in Jesus, the Christ.
See how the blessings of Christmas extend throughout the year to fill your everyday life!
Follow "The ABC's of Christmas" series:
INTRO, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.