Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”— Luke 2:10-11
But why do we need a Savior?
We live in a society that denies or ignores God’s holiness, righteousness, and justice. If God were holy, righteous, and just, then sin would be a problem. But our society tends to deny, dismiss, and minimize sin. We live in a world of moral relativism, in which every person is allowed to define his or her own moral standard. This is applealing to many because it gives people license to do whatever they please and call it good, avoiding any issues of conscience. But the truth is, there are moral absolutes. And moral absolutes exist precisely because God is holy, righteous and just.
The Bible clearly tells us that no person is without sin. A simple look around you should confirm that fact. The problem is, sin separates us from God, and it leads to death. We are eternal beings, and we will not be uncreated when our bodies die; the Scripture tells us that after we die, we will face judgment. The real question has to do with where we will spend eternity. Will we spend it with God, or will we be forever separated from Him and everything that is good?
Sin is a problem, and it must be addressed. The good news is that God has provided a way for us to receive forgiveness for our sins. He sent Jesus, His only Son, to take the punishment for our sins so that we might have life. That punishment was nothing less than death on a cross. But by faith in Jesus, we can receive pardon for our sins, and be raised with Him to new life.
These are tidings of great joy, and they are available to all people! “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” If you have not yet trusted Jesus for your salvation, please do so today, that you might also have the gift of eternal life!
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Isaiah 59:2 Your iniquities have separated you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 9:27-28 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...” Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” ... And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
John 6:29 This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.