Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of man is come to
seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 3:17 – “For God sent not his Son into the
world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved.”

As we celebrate the coming of God’s Son to
the earth this month, let us not lose sight of the reason
for which He came. He did not come as a tourist or a
messenger. He did not come to decorate trees or put
up lights on houses. He did not come to deliver
packages to little children. He did not come to
improve the economy and stimulate purchasing. He
did not come to feed the hungry or provide shelter for
the homeless. He did not come to broker peace
between nations. He came to be our Savior.

First, He came seeking. Like sheep lost in the
wilderness we had gone astray. Jesus came
searching for us. He came to where we were. He left
the comforts of heaven to walk the twisted courses of
our world. To get to where we were was a humbling
experience. Some of the places He found us were
filthy and vile. He is committed to the search and no
man or woman is hidden beyond His ability to find.
There is no place to hide from the seeker of men’s
souls.

Secondly, He came to save. The word “save”
means to deliver and protect. We might say He came
to rescue us and bring us to a place of safety. Many
people today don’t think they need saving, they sense
no problem or danger. They are content and satisfied
with their existence. Unfortunately many fail to
realize there are several areas in which they need
desperately to be rescued.

The first of those areas is the bondage of sin.
All have sinned and those sins hold us. Proverbs 5:22
says “…he shall be holden with the cords of his sins”.
We call ourselves free moral agents but the truth is we
are slaves to our addictions and habits. These sins
hold us down. They keep us under lock and key.
Only Jesus can give a person deliverance from his sin
nature and tendencies.

Jesus also saves a person from spiritual
wickedness in high places. The devil and his
co-horts may not be seen but their power in our world
and peoples lives is undeniable. Most people are
ignorant of Satan’s devices. His evil influence in our
culture is subtle but real. Everyday people are swept
up in his net. He deceives them with temporary
pleasures and trinkets. Only Jesus can loosen Satan’s
grip on people.

The primary area in which Jesus saves is from
the eternal punishment of a Holy God. Death and
judgment are the future of all people who are not
saved by Jesus Christ. Modern medicine and healthy
living cannot keep us from what lies ahead. The fact
that we all must one day stand before God and give
an account for this life is something most people try to
ignore. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the
cross of Calvary. His role was that of a substitute.
His precious blood was the price it took to buy us out
of the slave market of sin and satisfy the righteous
demands of the law.

There is nothing wrong with Christmas
cookies and decorating ones house in remembrance
of the virgin birth; but let us not lose sight of the great
rescue mission Jesus came to accomplish!

See You in Church,
Pastor