God made the world to be paradise, but we’ve all walked away from him. So he came on a mission to save us. That’s the story of Christmas – God, coming here, to save his people!
God’s Plan to Save the World
God. With. Us. Part 3
We’ve been in a series about how God is with us – that Christmas is the story of God coming to earth.
- Danny led off by talking about an ancient prophecy and promise.
- Last week, we talked about the theology of Christmas – who God is.
- This week I want to focus on what, exactly, God came to do.
Christmas is a huge part of the BIG plan of God to save the world – the missio dei. God has been about the work of saving the world since it was lost in the Garden of Eden.
So it’s pretty significant when the angel meets Joseph…
Matthew 1:20-21 NLT
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
God, through Jesus, came to save his people from their sins!
Later, in the middle of his ministry, Jesus said…
Luke 19:10 NLT
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
Who are “his people?”
The Christmas story contains a lot of interesting characters.
- Zecharias and Elizabeth – a priestly family with doubts.
- Joseph and Mary, a poor young couple.
- The shepherds, of no great importance socially.
- The astrologers – the whole lost world.
It’s a diverse group, but what do they all have in common?
- They’re all sinners.
- They all need saving.
- Jesus came for all of them.
“Every congregation is a congregation of sinners. As if that weren’t bad enough, they all have sinners for pastors.” – Eugene Peterson
If I’m welcome in God’s family, so are you, on the basis of what Jesus came to do. And what was that?
THREE WAYS JESUS “SAVES” HIS PEOPLE…
He rescues his people.
We’re all lost, and can’t save ourselves. We can’t pay back our sin debt, or erase our own record of wrongs. We need God himself to do that, and that’s what Jesus did.
Romans 5:6,8-10 NLT
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners… God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
He recovers his people.
He heals us, fixes us, grows us, restores us. He recovers our confidence, our hope, our sense of purpose, and so much more.
He reconnects his people.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19,21 NLT
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God… For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them… For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Remember, there are two things all of us need to do:
BELIEVE him, and RECEIVE him.
Have you gone all the way?