TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11 (ESV)
WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS? FORGIVENESS
Many years ago at the height of Operation Desert Storm, Ruth Dillow received a very sad message from the Pentagon. The message stated that her son, Clayton had stepped on a landmine in Kuwait and was killed. Ruth later wrote these words, “I can’t begin to describe my grief and shock. It was almost more than I could bear. For three days I just wept. I expressed anger and loss. For three days, people tried to comfort me, but nothing worked … the loss was simply too great.”
But three days after she received that message the phone rang. The voice on the other end said, “Mom, it’s me. It’s Clayton. I’m alive.” Ruth said, I couldn’t believe it at first. But then I recognized his voice and realized he really was alive. The message was all a mistake. She said, “I laughed, I cried, I felt like turning cartwheels because my son who I thought was dead was actually alive.”
Ruth had first been given some bad news and then was given some very good news. The good news of the gospel also has some bad news followed with some very good news. The bad news is that we are all sinners and the penalty for our sin is death and eternal separation from God. The good news is that Jesus is our Savior and died on the cross so we could be forgiven of our sins.
The central message of Christmas is that baby Jesus was born so He could grow up and die for us. It’s not really a Christmas celebration if we don’t also celebrate the forgiveness we have been offered through Christ. Have you repented of your sins and placed your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and the salvation of your soul? If not, do it today. If you have, take some time and praise God for the forgiveness made possible by the birth of Jesus.