But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David,
fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is
of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20&21
Here is an account from the birth
of Jesus Christ which most people are very familiar with, though majority of us only read it
There is a phrase I want to highlight; for he shall save his people from their sins. On this simple phrase
hangs one great difference between Jesus and his predecessors. At a time when
punishment for sin wasn’t only a usual practice but was expected, Jesus came
and offered to save from sin and we call is salvation.
Salvation as a word occurs many times in the bible with various meanings
and interpretations; however the one we’ll like to focus on today is salvation
from sin and its consequences.
It was Thoreau who said “for every thousand hacking at the leaves of
evil, there is one striking at the root”. Jesus came to strike at the root by
removing the nature of sin from us and setting us free to love and serve God from
the inside out.
With the new life, we can now grow in power; this power is not only to
right the wrongs of the past but also to make right choices from day to day.
I see you grow in power as you grow in the
grace of God in Jesus’ name