I — I am the LORD. Besides me, there is no Savior.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. 2 This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, 5 to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: 14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!
We have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.
But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, 5 he saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
Our True Savior
We have all seen in movies or read in books where a superhero “saves the day” and everyone lives happily ever after. Imagine for a moment that you were in one of these stories, and were personally saved by a superhero in an incredible way. What a feeling it would be to be taken from a moment of impending doom, to a moment of elation knowing that you were safe in the hands of a hero.
Thanks to Jesus, we experience that very thing. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23). Impending doom. Because we fall short of the glory of God, there is no place for us with Him in eternity. It would be contrary to His character, otherwise. Destruction is the only result of a life never reconciled to Him.
Cue the Savior. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5). Jesus came to our rescue and created a way for us to live as God intended… with Him. Through believing and receiving the gift of salvation that Jesus freely gives us, we are justified to live with God eternally. Without Jesus, there is no hope. He is and will forever be, our Savior.
Prayer & Reflection:
Jesus, our Savior, thank you for the work that you did on the cross that justifies us to be with You eternally. May we remember the gospel today, and reflect the gratitude that we have for the salvation you’ve given.