Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Is All About Grace

If I had to sum up Christianity with just one word, I would choose "grace." What is grace? Simply defined, grace is undeserved kindness.

On the night of Jesus' birth, the angel announced to the shepherds, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). Jesus was born to be a Savior. His name means "the Lord saves." He was given this name because his mission was to "save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).

The world needs a Savior because all of us are guilty of sin and deserve eternal condemnation. But God showed us grace (undeserved kindness) by bringing salvation to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Christmas is all about grace.

So many people have Christianity backwards. They say, "I obey; therefore I am accepted by God." This is a wrong view of salvation. A Christian saved by grace says, "I am accepted by God through faith in Christ; therefore I obey." To Christians, the apostle Paul wrote these words: "By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:8-10).

The greatest Christmas gift is the gift of salvation through Jesus. God, in his grace, freely gives this gift to all who will humbly acknowledge their sin and trust in Jesus as their Savior. Have you received God's gift? I urge you to receive it today.

Merry Christmas!

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