Once again it is a very exciting time of the year as we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. It is a very important time for us to thank God for sending his Son to save us. As Christians, we consider him the Lord of our lives and what wonderful miracles he did in our lives. He changed us!
It is still amazing to me how many people respond with joy when they recite the sinner’s prayer and they realize that they are saved from their sins. People have hugged me, they have become very hopeful, relieved, and even danced because they are saved!! I am convinced that most of us believe we need a savior. Imagine how the three wise men felt when they saw the star in heaven, as a sign that the Savior had been born! Matthew 2:10 says,“ When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.“ We know on an inner level that we need a savior, whether we are saved or not.
God chose a few people to have knowledge that the Savior was going to be born to a virgin before the event took place. The people happened to be very devout believers in the God of Israel. (Luke 5:1,2 5 “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.” Upon hearing from the Angel Gabriel, they patiently awaited the day that the prophecy would be fulfilled. They could believe because of their relationship with God, who had never failed them in the past. It is noteworthy that they were devout and living righteously without a savior.
We are coming upon the New Year when many of us will seek to make New Year’s resolutions. How may will make resolutions about their relationships with Jesus. A commitment to listen to him and follow him would be a giant step in the right direction.