All I Want for Christmas is a Savior
All I Want for Christmas is a Savior
 
“A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
 - Isaiah 9:6
 
Long before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah told the Israelites about God’s promise to send a messiah or Savior. The Israelites who had been oppressed for centuries found hope in the promise of a Savior. As Christians we believe that this promise has been fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.
 
The word the Bible uses to describe God’s gift to the world is Savior. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife for “she will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21) A Savior might not be the gift we want, but it is the gift we need. The good news of Christmas that the Savior has been born, and that his name is Jesus.
 
What do we really want for Christmas? The 4 weeks of Advent provide us the opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ. These weeks of anticipation and waiting challenge us to examine our lives and separate the things we want from the things we most deeply need. Isaiah ties all the things we most deeply desire when he describes this child as Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
 
I don’t know of any other way we can find hope, or peace, or joy, or experience the love of the Almighty God, than in the gift of this child. “Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:11) The gift he brings is the gift we most deeply need. This child comes to save us from all of those things that would destroy  us and by his love enables us to be the person God wants us to be. Thanks be to God.
 
Prayer: 
Heavenly Father, in your tender mercy, you have sent us a Savior, and His name is Jesus. Help us to open our eyes so we may see, open our ears, that we may hear, and open our hearts to receive the gift of the Christ child. AMEN
 
- Cynthia Powell
    

 

Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:20 PM
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