03 | “SAVIOR”
On the 3rd day of Christmas, I’d like to acknowledge Jason Johnson. Your testimony of God’s saving power will always astound me. At your lowest point, you woke up in the rain with a gun in your face. But God reached down into the pit you were in and plucked you out. He is your savior. I hope you never forget what he saved you from, but it’s important to know what he saved you TO! You are His ambassador, you are saved TO serve Him and TO serve others, and TO preach the good news.
Today’s Reading: Luke 1:47; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15.
A Simple Thought: JESUS IS MY SAVIOR
Mary acknowledges Jesus as “Savior.”
There are two twisted ideas that are common in our culture today that need some attention:
1 – Some will say “we don’t need a savior.” Emergent church authors and speakers are embracing universal salvation for all. They are erasing Hell from the picture and preaching a nice, but false version of the gospel. Essentially, they will say there is no wrath or judgement from God toward sinners, Christ’s death was unfair, and he didn’t need to die to forgive sin. This is more and more common in liberal christian theology circles. It really sounds good to the ears, and it feels good emotionally (a lot like a nice Dale Carnegie book), but it’s not how Mary saw it. Mary believed she needed a savior, and she believed that savior was in her womb! This led her to worship.
Jesus does not make us better people. He is not here to improve us or merely “guide” us as a personal deity — instead, He makes us completely new people. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15).
2 – Another false gospel is the idea that Mary was without sin. Some will say she was an immaculate person, completely holy and blameless; she was not. She was an average, ordinary person. She did sin, and she herself acknowledges her own need for a Savior. She would have been familiar with Old Testament people like Ehud, Samson, and David. She knew they were all types of “saviors” who were foreshadowing the coming of her real savior, the one who would die for her sin, resurrect for her salvation, and send His Holy Spirit to empower her for righteous living.
Christmas reminds us that we worship Jesus as a SAVIOR.