The good news of Jesus Christ is that he
saves his people.
God told his mother Mary, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he
shall save his people from their sins” (Matt 2:4). God’s only
begotten son became a man to redeem people like you and me.
We need a Savior.
Both experience and history tells us that a person’s best efforts
are never perfect and eventually decay. Economies falter and fail.
Empires end. Great architectural structures eventually fall down.
Our happiness ends in distress and sorrow. We unavoidably fall into
painful situations. Paul observed, “I find then a law, that,
when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Rom 7:21).
The Bible blames
our perishable condition on sin.
Disorder pervades our universe and invades our lives. Every person
is a victim of sin. We live in a mortal body and we live stressed
and troubled lives. Paul wrote, “All have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
against God causes our disorder.
From infancy, each person learns to watch out for his own
interests. That outlook makes people selfish. When we concentrate
on our own needs and pursue our own wants, we end up hurting
others. James asked, “From whence come wars and fightings among
you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your
members? Ye lust, and have not; Ye kill, and desire to have, and
cannot obtain; ye fight and war” (James 4:1-2).
corrupts our character.
Jesus taught, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin”
(John 8:34). Peter explained, “Of whom a man is overcome, of the
same is he brought into bondage” (2P 2:19). We know that we are
enslaved to sin when we serve our fleshly desires first. Paul
wrote, “He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption” (Gal 6:8).
Our tendency to
serve ourselves ends in death.
Selfishness ends friendships, erodes relationships, and stops both
love and life. James explained, “Every man is tempted, when he
is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).
None of us can
free ourselves from our corrupted nature and mortal bodies.
We cannot save ourselves. Paul sadly observed, “If I subdue not
the sin which is in me, but with the flesh serve the law of sin; O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this
death?” (Rom 7:26).
to redeem us.
The architect of our world and the engineer of our universe looked
beyond our faults and saw our need. He stooped to redeem us from
sin’s bondage. Paul announced, “The law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”
Jesus paid a
price to redeem us.
He who made us also bought us with his own blood. Paul wrote that
Jesus “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; in whom we have
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col
Jesus became a
person like us. Our Creator left celestial glory and the
continual praise of its heavenly hosts to take our flesh and bear
our sins on Calvary’s cruel cross. His crucifixion satisfied the
just demands of our natural sins, blotted “out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took
it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col 2:14).
Jesus knows how
to comfort and sustain us. By assuming our physical nature and
living in our sin-sick world, he knows our limitations, sorrows and
pains. Hebrews says, “It behooved him to be made like unto his
brethren . . . to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to
succor them that are tempted” (Heb 2:17-18)
Jesus invites us
to come to Him.
Those who come to Jesus will find relief and rest. “Then spake
Jesus, saying, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me .
. .and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and
my burden is light” (Mat 11:29-30).
We invite you to
come to Christ.
He will free you from sin’s effects and soothe its injuries. Better
still, you will walk in his light. Jesus said, “I am the light
of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but
shall have the light of life” (John 8:12.
You are not
When you are reborn in Christ, you find fellowship with his people.
John promised, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).