December 29, 2017
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus the Supreme Savior!
1. Jesus saves us from all past sin by His death on the cross. 1Jo.1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 2. Jesus saves us from present sin by the gift of the Holy Spirit: Gal.5:16 Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Joh.15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 1Th.5:17 Pray without ceasing. 3. Jesus saves from future sin by glorification. 1Co.15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 'Jesus' means "the LORD saves." Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can't eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin. Thank Christ for his death on the cross for your sin, and then ask him to take control of your life. Your new life begins at that moment. [Life Application SB] Our daily expression of holiness is a reflection of our faith in Christ. If we have no desire to be holy, we should seriously question the genuineness of our faith in the Lord Jesus. Christ not only died to save us from the punishment for our sins, but also from slavery to sin in this worldly culture. To continue to live in sin as a Christian is contradictory to the most basic meaning of Christianity. Christ died to save us from our sins, not to let us remain in our sins (Mat.1:21; 1Jo.1:6,7). What kind of person would want to follow Christ and not desire to live a holy life?... Holiness, then, is not an option for the believer. Paul wrote to Titus, "For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligious and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world" (Tit.2:11,12). Though holiness is not a condition for salvation, it is the natural consequence of salvation. We do not become holy in order to be saved, but because we are saved. We do not do good works to get to heaven, but because heaven has already come into our hearts. To trust Christ for salvation is to trust him for holiness. If there is no desire for holiness within, then it is doubtful that the Holy Spirit has come to dwell within. The Holy Spirit does not save us without giving us the desire to live a holy life. [Floyd McClung; Time with God devotional SB] If we would know what Christ wants to be to us, we must first of all know Him as our Saviour from sin. When the angel came down from heaven to proclaim that He was to be born into the world, you remember he gave His name, "He shall be called Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins." HAVE WE BEEN DELIVERED FROM SIN? He did not come to save us in our sins, but from our sins... I have little sympathy with the idea that God comes down to save us, and then leaves us in prison, the slaves of our besetting sins. No; He has come to deliver us, and to give us victory over our evil tempers, our passions, and our lusts. Are you a professed Christian, but one who is a slave to some besetting sin? If you want to get victory over that temper or that lust, go on to know Christ more intimately. He brings deliverance for the past, the present, and the future. [D. L. Moody; Time with God devotional SB]