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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Christmas Brings Salvation”
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
The Jewish people back in that day were waiting for the Messiah who would liberate their land from the oppressive Roman rule, instead when Jesus came He liberated all who believe in Him from the kingdom of darkness in order to transfer them into the Kingdom of God.
From the beginning, humanity has been living in slavery to sin, which has resulted in all of us being separated from God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
That is, humanity has fallen short of God’s holy and righteous standards for life. The Bible then goes on to say in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death, which is not only physical death, but spiritual death as well, which is eternal separation from God.
And so Christmas was the beginning of God’s answer to humanity’s problem.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Because of sin, humanity has been separated from God, but it was in God’s plan to send Jesus to make that reconciliation, to restore humanity back to His original design and back into that personal relationship that sin spoiled.
“God is on one side and all people are on the other side, and Christ Jesus is between them to bring them together, by giving His life for all mankind.” (1 Timothy 2:5 Living Bible)
And so, God decided to involve Himself in humanity’s salvation by restoring us to that right relationship through what God provided in the form of that vulnerable baby lying in that manger, and who willing gave up His life so that we could have eternal life in heaven with Him.
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