encouragement side

"...there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

- Luke 2:11

Although another year has passed, again we may ask why Jesus came as a babe to Bethlehem. Matthew answers, “for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Mark and Luke answer, He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. John would add, “that you shall die in your sins… unless you believe in Him.” For Paul, it was that Christ came and “died for the ungodly.” For Peter, it was that “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God...” J.C. Ryle sums it up this way. “But if we will only come to Christ as guilty sinners, and believe upon Him, our sins shall at once be forgiven, and our iniquities shall be entirely put away. Without faith there is no salvation, but through faith in Jesus, the vilest sinner may be saved.” He went on to write, “There is no unwillingness on God’s part to receive any sinner however great his sins.” We have a tendency to look at people in their sins and say, “No way!” God looks at them through the sending of His Son and says, “Whosoever will”. Be encouraged!

References: Luke 2:11; Selected Scriptures; J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – John