I’ll admit it. I’m a few weeks behind schedule.
My recent move (praise the Lord!) has me thinking that my year is just now starting.
My laundry is scattered to the four winds and my dishes may not be in the right spot.
I haven’t found a “place” for my vacuum cleaner yet, and because of something not connecting in the study, routers, wires, and our office printer is sitting in the living room.
I’m also not over Christmas much either. I keep finding decorations rolling out of places, and I feel like we barely got to celebrate this year.
But God is faithful… moving us to a place we FAR from deserve… giving us space to make a mess without a prospective home buyer coming in at any moment… making us rich in clothing, food, and dishes… and reminding me of the Christmas story.
Just a few short weeks ago I read this verse. You may have read it, too. It’s usually repeated during the Christmas season and often included in the Christmas story or December sermons.
Matthew 1:21 says, “…and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
And we dash right by it as we pass the candles, the turkey, and the presents.
However this one keeps resurfacing.
Sometimes we marvel at the wonder of a God who sent his Son to sacrifice himself for the sins of the world. We may even stop and remember the sacrifice being the price for our own salvation.
Often though, like a Christmas verses in February, we forget that “he came to save his people from their sins.” We read it like the verse says “he came to save sinners from their sin.” It’s easy to do when the verse is wrapped in the heart of the story of our salvation, but that’s not what it says.
It says, Jesus came to save HIS PEOPLE… those of us who follow him… from THEIR SIN… not the sins of the world.
So wrapped in the Christmas story is a very powerful message.
HE SAVED ME… The whole Christmas story fulfills the nature of a God who was Savior before there was sin.
I AM HIS… I surrendered. I got a new name, and a new people.
MY SIN IS BEATEN… He came to free me from the power of sin. Sin we think is relegated to a salvation experience, but he came to save me from the sins of today.
That means when I gossip. He wants to free me from that.
That means when I am unforgiving. He’s ready to handle that.
That means when I turn to food or caffeine for comfort instead of Him. He came for that.
If He came to save his Christina from her sins. He will save you, too.
Let’s keep turning to Jesus.