Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

By Franklin Graham

An angel joyously proclaimed to the shepherds, "There is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11, NKJV).

I love the word savior. If God sent a Savior, someone must have needed saving from something. An angel explained that to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph that the baby to be born was conceived not by natural means, but by the Holy Spirit, and that "He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

The world and all its people are infected with sin. We have absolutely no way on our own to escape judgment for sin. But the wonder of Christmas is that "the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world" (I John 4:14). Not just as a savior, but the Savior. "There is no savior besides Me" (Hosea 13:4).

At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, our one purpose is to tell lost people everyone, every day, about the "Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy 1:10).

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