“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 1-4.
The angel of the Lord explained to Joseph, and to us, why Jesus was given that name. The name means, “the Lord saves.”
And that is exactly what Jesus is willing to do for each of us……..save us.
Many hear that line and wonder, “Save us from what?”
We are all sinners. By the way, there aren’t various sizes of sinners. We are all sinners. We have broken His commands. Ever taken something that didn’t belong to you? You’re a sinner. Ever tell a lie? You’re a sinner. Ever look at someone with lust? You’re a sinner. Have I covered everyone of this to include everyone reading this or do I have to go through the other seven of the Ten Commandments?
Because of our sinfulness we are not fit to spend our after-life with a sinless God. He just won’t have us there. So what we need most is to be “saved” from the consequences our sins have rightly earned; eternal separation from God.
And God has provided for our “saving.” How, you ask? By sending Jesus to take on Himself all our sins. Think of it this way, if our sins are gone then our consequence for them is gone also. We are okay with God because we are sinless.
When Jesus died (Good Friday) He took everyone’s sins with Him. Because He was perfect He was the perfect sacrifice for them. And we know that God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus because God raised Him from the dead (Easter) into a new life without those sins. And since our sins are gone we also have a new life freed from sin’s consequences. We are completely in the clear.
Sadly, there are those who either see themselves good enough for heaven on their own terms or they aren’t concerned about the after-life. Also sadly, they are NOT saved from the consequences of their sins. They are living according to their faulty beliefs and God will send them to eternal separation from Him.
The Gospel is really simple. It’s good news: Your sin problem has been taken care of. Believe that you have a sin problem and that God took care of it. Then live accordingly. You’re “saved” if you do this. Do it, I beg!
“Lord, I thank You for ending my sin problem. For eliminating the consequence I deserve. For loving me enough to die in my place. I love You, Lord. Empower me to live as one who has new/clean life because of You. You are my God.”
I have attempted to explain what “getting saved” means. It requires steps on your part. Get them done and be saved.