Christmas is almost here with us again. Whilst the Media focus on the Christmas adverts, created to encourage us to spend our money, and the general populace is concerned with finding money to buy presents for friends and family, Christians should be meditating on the reasons why God sent His Son Jesus into the world.
When Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, found out she was pregnant, he planned to leave her because he hadn’t had sex with her. Joseph changed his mind (Matthew 1:20) when an angel appeared to him in a dream, and stated that the Baby that Mary was carrying had been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and would ‘save the people from their sin.’
In this present day, churches seem to have an inordinate focus on helping people to achieve their dreams and fulfil their potential and, as a result, it’s easy to forget the terrible, painful, awful effects of sin.
Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, indicating that every single person in the world has sinned. And what is sin? It separates us from God; causes us to break God’s laws; hurt others and ourselves; lie, steal, kill, manipulate and misuse people; be selfish… The list could go on and on.
In my mind, it makes perfect sense that God would send Jesus to save people from their sins; He has to deal with sin’s after effects. I’m sure many of the prayer requests God hears on a daily basis (some of which are represented below) have a focus on sin and its impact on people’s lives and psyche.
“Lord, help me get enough money to feed my child.”
“Lord, help me overcome the pain of rape and abuse.”
“Lord, forgive me for stabbing my friend.”
“Lord, help me resist the temptation to steal from my employers.”
“Lord, I’m sorry for cheating on my partner.”
“Lord, heal the hurt caused by my parents’ divorce.”
“Lord, take away my drug addiction. It’s causing me to prostitute my body.”
The list of prayers could go on and on.
Jesus’ birth represents hope that people can live lives free from sin and that, because of this, we can help to make the world a better place. So, as the Christmas draws near, let us pray and ask God to give us strategies to lessen the effects of sin and its after effects, and to remind the world that Jesus is the greatest Gift God could ever give to the world.