Summary: A christmas Salvation Message
THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT EVER
Today we gather together to worship and celebrate the most significant event in human history; the birth of the Savior of humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is nothing that has happened in the past, nor will come in the future that has the implications that the birth of Jesus Christ brought to earth 2000 years ago.
Matt 1:21 Matt1:23 Luke2:11
These verses we have just read clearly show the importance of Christ’s coming. Luke 2:11 tells us The Savior is born today; Matt 1:21 reminds us that His name, Jesus means that He will save His people from their sins, and vs 23, Emmanuel, which also references Jesus and means God with us!!!
There is no more explaining that needs to be done about these verses and who Jesus Christ really is… He is the Savior of men, God in the flesh. There is no doubt about it folks…
Jesus Christ is the payment for your sin and the sin of all men.
God knows who Jesus is and the bible is very clear about the importance of His birth, death and resurrection, but do you realize who Jesus Christ is and the importance of His coming?
There is an ancient Scottish legend - a shepherd boy tending a small flock of sheep on the side of a mountain. One day as he cared for his sheep he saw at his feet a beautiful flower -- one that was more beautiful than any he had ever seen in his life. He knelt down upon his knees and scooped the flower in his hands and held it close to his eyes. As he held the flower close to his face, suddenly he heard a noise and looked up. There he saw a great stone mountain opening up right before his eyes. And there inside the mountain, he saw the sprinkling of the beautiful gems and precious metals that it contained.
With the flower in his hands, he walked inside. He laid the flower down, & began to gather all the gold and silver and precious gems he could in his arms. Finally with all that his arms could carry, he turned and began to walk out of that great cavern, and suddenly a voice said to him, "Don’t forget the best."
Thinking that perhaps he had overlooked some choice piece of treasure, he turned around – put down a few of the gems - and picked up other pieces of treasure that caught his eye. Then, with his arms literally overflowing with wealth, he turned to walk back out of the great mountainous vault. And again the voice said, "Don’t forget the best."
But by that time his arms were filled and he walked on outside, and all of a sudden he heard a great noise. He looked around in time to see the great stone mountain closing its doors again. A third time he heard the voice, and this time the voice said, "You forgot the best. For the flower was the key to the vault of the Mountain."
This legend is a great illustration of what life is to too many people. People place value on many things that life has to offer, but they refuse to recognize the giver of life, and all the good things in life truly has to offer.
Jesus is the key to the mountain of eternal life and all the rewards to be offered including most importantly, the forgiveness of sin.
Jesus is the payment for your sin and the sin of all men.
Some people pursue wealth, and reap the rewards of all the good things that wealth has to offer, but never recognize the key to unlocking riches beyond anything they have ever dreamed; the riches of salvation by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Some pursue power, they gain stature and influence among others, and reap all the rewards that power has to offer, yet never find the lasting influence that comes from only one source; the saving power of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Some pursue health, they spend dollars and hours sculpting their bodies with exercise and diet, and they are rewarded with health and vitality; never realizing the key to eternal life is in the hands of Jesus Christ our Lord.
There are good things to be had from many things in life, but don’t expect your life to be complete without the salvation that is provided by Jesus Christ.
What is salvation and why do you need it?
Have you ever done any of the things on this list? If you have then I’ve got bad and Good News for you. First the bad news…
The bad news is that if you have done any of the things on this list then you have broken God’s rules, and God is going to punish you for breaking His rules. You cannot escape punishment because God will punish all who have disobeyed Him.