Inner Strength

A Christmas Message

As I was reading about the birth of Jesus, I was drawn to the good news which the angel gave the shepherds. Luke 2:10-11 says this:

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”

Imagine being told a Savior has come—not, “A Savior will come,” but a Savior “has been born…” The Savior has arrived; He is already here! This is the good news of great joy that the angel is sharing!

Looking at the world today, we may be thinking, we need a savior. Imagine if an angel appeared in your house and told you, “Fear not! A savior has been born, and he will fight the darkness and transform the political climate. He will rescue the people from corrupt rulers and restore righteousness in the land.”

Wow! What a message that would be! Perhaps, we are crying out to God for this very thing. We cry out for deliverance from corruption…for a savior. The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines savior as, “One who saves by delivering, preserving, healing or providing,” (page 1450).

If your prayer has been for a savior, take heart in this good news of GREAT joy: a Savior has been born, and He is Christ the Lord!

When God sent Jesus, Jesus came to be our Savior then, now, and forever. He lived a perfect life and surrendered to death on a cross, so that we—people who have sinned—can be forgiven. It took a perfect sacrifice for us to be forgiven, and Jesus was perfect. He was sentenced to death, although no fault was found in Him. It was out of His great love for us that He chose to come and die. The truth, however, doesn’t end there.

Jesus rose from the dead! His body was miraculously gone from a tomb that had been guarded by men. Jesus appeared to people. They saw the holes in His wrists from where He was nailed to the cross, and Jesus spoke with them.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered death. Death no longer has power over us, because Jesus overcame it.

In John 3:16, Jesus explains why God sent Him: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Are you desperate for a Savior? Are you wondering how good can win in a world crawling with darkness? Perhaps, you live a decent life on the outside, but on the inside, you know something is missing.

I have good news: the Savior has already come! You can have a relationship with Him. His strength is available to you today, and only He can overcome the darkness. It is up to you to choose Him—to invite Him into your heart and ask Him to be your Savior. He wants to rescue you, deliver you, and bring peace into your life. He wants to walk with you and talk with you (yes, He does that!); He is waiting for you to invite Him in.

You don’t need fancy words to accept Jesus as your Savior. Here is a prayer you can pray:

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for coming to earth for me. I believe that you died on the cross and rose again. Please come into my heart and be my Savior. I have sinned, and I choose to turn from my sins and follow You. Please forgive me and help me to follow You. You are Lord, and I love You. Amen.

Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’”

Tell someone about your decision. Consider reaching out to a local church or another believer who can come beside you and support you in your walk with God.

For those who have a relationship with Him, take heart! Our Savior has already come. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Him, knowing that nothing is impossible with God! God is stronger than darkness, and He is a Way Maker! Let’s rejoice this Christmas season, knowing that our Savior is Christ the Lord.

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