A RESCUE MISSION

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

It was a rescue mission like no other. In a dark world of fallen creatures spiritually dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1), where no one seeks God (Romans 3:11), the Son of God, in an amazing act of condescension, arrived as a helpless baby born in the meanest of conditions. God shined a bright light into the darkness, and the darkness has not/will not overcome it. It was the glorious inauguration of God’s plan of salvation for sinners—sinners so in bondage to sin they could not help themselves. The mission was planned in the throne room of God before the world began, to flip the destiny of some from hell to heaven. God’s perfect justice requires that sin must be punished. In His infinite love, God sent His only begotten Son to take that punishment, an atonement for sinners on the bloody torture rack of the cross, the earthly pinnacle of the wrath of God. In the greatest of all accounting entries in the Ledger of Life, Christ’s righteousness was credited to sinful men and their sins were debited to Christ. He took the punishment that sinful man deserved that man might receive the forgiveness he does not deserve. His last words were, “It is finished.” Mission accomplished! That baby wrapped in the warm glow of our cultural Christmas customs actually came to turn the tide on a raging battle “against the cosmic powers over this present darkness…” (Ephesians 6:12). He came to die in agony on a cross, and rise again and reign that the children of God might have eternal life with Him. What marvelous manner of love is this? My heart melts within me…

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)

See you in church.

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