Summary: God saves you FROM sin. He saves you FOR a purpose. He saves you BY His grace.
There is a purpose in everything we do.
• We do not wake up every morning and then go through the motions of living. We make plans and seek to achieve something. It is odd to do anything without purpose.
• If we know that, then we can expect God to have a purpose when He sent Jesus into this world.
• Many celebrate Christmas, but few stop to ask: WHY did Jesus come to this world?
God said it very clearly at the first Christmas.
• Luke 2:10-11 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. 11Today in the town of David [that’s Bethlehem] a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”
Jesus was born differently. When we were born, we have to discover our life purpose.
• Jesus was born with a clear purpose given. He was on a mission when He was born. And that purpose has to do with you.
• I do not think God will do anything that is unnecessary. God has a plan.
• God has a design in everything He created, and a purpose in everything He does. Take a look at creation today, and we get a glimpse of a great designer.
• God does not waste His energy. He has a purpose for Christmas.
God sent us a Saviour. If you and I do not need a Saviour, God would probably not have gone through all the effort and trouble to send us one.
• The fact that He sent a Saviour to this world means you need one. It is therefore wise to listen to what God has to say.
• If a doctor tells you today that you need to take this medicine, you would probably listen. It is unlikely that you will doubt him, because you know you’re sick and need the medicine. The doctor knows better.
God wants you to know that you need a Saviour. Why do I need one?
• Because we are inflicted with this sickness the Bible calls SIN. We have turned our back on Him. Isa 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”
• God wants you to know 3 things: (1) Jesus saves you from your sin, (2) He saves you for a purpose, and (3) He saves you by His grace.
(1) The first thing you need to know is: God wants to save you FROM sin.
Sin is more than just doing things evil. Sin is an attitude that says, “God, I don’t need you. I want to be my own boss. God, You do Your thing and I’ll do mine. You don’t disturb me, and I won’t disturb You.”
• Sin is a rejection of God and His ways; the result of this is that it makes us gods.
• It is saying, “This life is mine. I’m going to do what I like with my life, not what God puts me on earth to do.”
• This denial or rejection of God separates us from Him. Sin separates us from God.
This separation resulted in a life of confusion and aimless living.
• We lose the sense of what is of value, what is good and what is right. We make our own rules and set our own laws.
• Not only do we not know how to live, we do not know why we are living.
These problems arise because people are no longer connected to God.
• So Jesus Christ has to come. He comes to re-connect what was lost because of sin. He comes to bridge the gap caused by sin.
• The angel tells Joseph: “Give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21).
God does not want you to go around carrying this weight of sin all the time.
• He wants to remove this ‘cancer’ in your life and give you a new lease of life.
• There may be some things in your life you wish to change but you can’t. You have no power to change. You tried but failed. You felt frustrated and helpless.
• The Bible says you cannot remove sin. Only Jesus can. You need a Saviour.
• You need an outside help. You need God’s power. You need Jesus Christ.
You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places.
• You’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give you satisfaction and meaning and peace in life.
• “If I could just get a good job, life will be fine…” or “If I could get rich… or get a promotion… or get married… or get a bigger house… then everything would be great.”