The announcement of the birth of Jesus is such an encouraging message of great joy, hope, love and peace. I want to connect the birth of Jesus with His resurrection, to know what we have available today, in the New Covenant.
Jesus is the best gift ever given. He is the Savior of the world. His name in Hebrew, “Yeshua” means salvation.
John 3:16 promises, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
When the Bible speaks of salvation as a gift from God, it emphasizes the fact that salvation is something given freely by Him rather than something we earn. But the point of salvation is not so we won’t perish, but it’s to have eternal life.
John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Let’s look at the most popular passage of Scripture for Christmas: Luke 2:10-11, 2:14
v10-11 "Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'”
v.14 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”
Jesus offers us Salvation, which is a free gift that must be received.
It is not earned. By His grace, God has already done everything to provide salvation. Your part is simply to believe and receive.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For 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.”
What is the good news of great joy: The Gospel of Peace with God.
The angels were praising God and rejoicing that through Jesus, there was peace between God and mankind.
This peace then came through the blood sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
Colossians 1:20 “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God isn’t mad at you; all of His judgment against our sin was placed on Jesus.
This is the Gospel of peace. Jesus paid the punishment for sin in our place. He was the Suffering Servant who took our place. We now have a covenant of peace.
Jesus’ obedience to do the Father’s will and shed His blood for you, makes you worthy to receive. It’s called a gift of righteousness.
**Want to receive the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ? You can accept it right now. All you must do is “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9.
Pray this now out loud:
“Jesus, I confess that You are my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that you are the Son of God and He raised You from the dead. By faith in Your Word, I receive salvation now. Thank You for saving me!”
The very moment you commit your life to Jesus Christ, the truth of His Word instantly comes to pass in your spirit and a new way of thriving is available. All of the benefits of salvation are for you!
If you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, you are save.
Please contact me and let me know that you’ve prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior. It says that all of heaven celebrates when someone receives Jesus, and I want to celebrate with you as well.
Other podcast episodes to help you:
Ep. 4 God Wants Relationship With You
Ep. 11 Our Real Hope and Purpose This Christmas