As I write this, the financial news seems to be getting worse and worse – layoffs from companies normally thought of as having deep pockets, unemployment rising, and retail sales declining every month.
And yet, as far as I can tell, Christmas is still on schedule. Why do I get the feeling that this Christmas, yes this Christmas, it is more important than ever to get to the root of what it really means to celebrate the birth of Jesus in a way that counts?
I pray we all find the answer to making this Christmas the most meaningful ever!
This from the Purpose Driven Life Daily Devotional:
Christmas Is a Time of Salvation
By Rick Warren
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:11-12 (NIV)
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Today in the town of David (that’s Bethlehem ) a Savior (there’s the salvation part) has been born to you (for you – a savior for YOU); he is Christ the Lord.
No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “He was saved” or “She was saved,” but maybe you’ve wondered what that really means?
Let me give you a simple illustration. When my oldest child, Amy, was still young enough to be strapped into a car seat, she was with me as we were driving on a very, very hot day. She finally hung her head out the window, and being a three-and-a-half-year-old unable to get herself out of the car seat, she said, “Please, God! Get me out of this!”
Amy needed a savior! She couldn’t get out of her predicament by herself; she needed someone else to set her free. She needed someone to rescue her, to deliver her, to release her.
Maybe you’ve hit a point in your life when you felt the same way? Or, maybe you feel that way today? You simply want to hang your head out the window, and plead, “Oh, God. Get me out of this! Hello, God, I need your help here … please!”
What you’re hoping for is a savior. You’re hoping someone will somehow save you. The good news is that your hope is no longer an empty dream. God is actively engaged in a plan to save you. He is a God of hope, and it is a hope that will not disappoint.
God’s plan for your salvation is three-dimensional: You’re saved from something; you’re saved for something; and you’re saved by something.