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"Embracing Everyone"

December 23, 2004

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The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10

There have been many misconceptions about who needs the Saviour. Some think God would embrace only deserving people. Thus those who have lived a good life are thought worthy of receiving and celebrating the holy birth. Others feel they have been so good that they need no Saviour. A lady I visited in hospital insisted that a person who has done something really, really bad cannot receive forgiveness from God. No doubt she meant herself. Sadly, she died in unbelief.

The angels who proclaimed the Saviour’s birth said it was “good news … for all the people.” No one is excluded—not even the worst sinner. In fact, the good news is meant particularly for people who cannot and do not deserve God’s favour—for sinners who would be otherwise lost. Historically, people have tried to ostracize those they deem unworthy; yet they are the very ones the Saviour searches out and receives.

Does this mean those who strive to be good are excluded? Not at all! The good news is not based upon our merits, but upon God’s grace. We all need the Saviour and the angels’ message is for us—each and every one of us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You that the Saviour has been born for me and for all people. Grant that we may rejoice in Him. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: I will boldly share the joyful news that the Saviour has come for everyone.
Rev. Jorma Tuomisto

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 9-10    Revelation 14

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