What can you remember about Christmas? Food? Fun? Meetings friends and family members? A personal experience that you want remain secret…or exactly what?
With all the ‘muchness and busyness’ that comes with the festive season, it was easy to forget what lied at the centre of our celebrations. Did we pause at any one moment to know why Jesus came into the world?
One of the verses dear to me during the festive season was the angels’ words to Joseph as recorded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew
“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)
The mission of Jesus was announced before his birth, ‘to save his people from their sins!’
Jesus never came to perform miracles! He never came to heal the sick! That was not his mission at all.
He once fed 5000 people but we must know that his coming was not that of ‘feeding the hungry programme.’ I love what he tells the big multitude of people looking for him a day after the feeding of 5000 incident.
“I tell you the truth, you are not looking for me, because you saw the miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26)
Too sad that many of us, just as these people looking for Jesus, major on this minor of miraculous signs instead on the cross of Christ and what Jesus did for us there- becoming the sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood (Romans 3:25).
If we forget everything about Christmas, let’s not forget the mission of Jesus on earth. To save us from our sins! Jesus came to help us out from our sins, we could not help ourselves. Just as Apostle Paul puts it in his letter to Ephesians, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…” (Eph 2:1)! You see, if we were ‘dead in sin,’ then we couldn’t help ourselves. We really needed a Saviour!
We were struggling with a problem. A big problem of sin. Thanks to God that when the right time came, He sent his son to us (Galatians 4:4). Jesus came to save us, not to help us save ourselves! We could not find a remedy for our sins since even our will was fallen!
The coming of Jesus remains the Good News! He came to save us from all our sins! I join the hymnist Guy Penrod in singing, “And I know, Yes I know, that Jesus’ blood can save the vilest of sinners clean!”
The Bible says, “… he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” (Hebrews 7:25). John in his letter says this, “…the blood of Jesus, God’s son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7).
What a great thing to Praise God for! The gift of his Son to come to save us from our sins! A great Christmas gift indeed.
Kenneth Irungu is an Apprentice with iServe Africa serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship Kawangware.
Passionate of Faithful Bible Teaching and preaching the Gospel.