Luke 2:11 The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city David.
Salvation is three-dimensional. You are saved from something, you are saved for something, and you are saved by something.
1. We’re Saved From Sin.
That’s what Jesus’ name means. “Jesus” means “to save people from their sin.” In fact, Joseph was told by another angel in a dream these words
Matt 1:21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus for he will save His people from their sins.”
That’s what “Jesus” means. What’s sin? Sin is an attitude. It’s not something you do. It’s an attitude. What’s the middle letter of sin? “I”. What’s the middle letter of “pride?” “I”. Sin is an I problem. It’s, “I want to be my own boss. I don’t need God. I’m doing just fine.thank you very much. God, You do Your thing and I’ll do my thing.” That’s called sin.
I have a friend who says “Sin” is spelled S-E-L-F. The Bible says that every one of us has had that attitude at times in our life when we’ve said, “I’m just going to do what I want to do. Forget God.” That attitude has caused us to be separated from God. That’s why He sent Jesus as a savior. Every one of your problems is caused by sin, that separation from God. Sin causes confusion in your life. It causes guilt. It causes shame. It causes regret. It causes bitterness, resentment, grudges. It causes worry. It causes fear. It causes anxiety. Sin causes depression. It causes discouragement. It causes conflict between you and other people. Every single one of your problems is caused because you’re not connected to God. You’re separated by your own sin – “I’m going to do my own thing.”
As a result of that, Jesus said, “I want to set you free. I want to release you. I want to save you.” From what? First, from the burden of guilt. Did you know that God doesn’t want you to go around carrying guilt? That’s why Jesus came to pay for it all, so you can be forgiven. He doesn’t want you to go around feeling guilty all the time. He wants to set you free from the expectations of other people. He wants to set you free from the fear of death. He wants to set you free from the burden of worry, anxiety and stress. God doesn’t want you wandering around with stress all the time. He says, “I want to set you free.” Maybe you’ve never really realized that you need a savior.
The fact is the answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program. It’s not in a pill. The answer to your dissatisfaction is a person. You were made by God, and you were made for God, and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense. So first, you need to be saved from your past. Get your past out of your mind so you’re not carrying all this garbage with you in the present and the future.
2. We’re Saved for a PURPOSE.
God says, “I want to save you for a purpose.”
2 Tim 1:9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserve it, but because that was his plan and purpose before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
You can live life at one of three levels. The survival level, the success level, or the highest level – the significance level.
The poorest of the poor in America are at the success level, compared to the rest of the world. Most of the world would love to have our problems. “But why,” you may say, “if I’m so successful, why do I still not feel fulfilled?” Because you were made for more than success. That is not the ultimate goal of life. You were made for significance. Significance comes from knowing God, knowing His purpose for your life, and then doing it. All the success in the world can’t give you fulfillment.
So Jesus said, “I want to save you from your past. I want to save you for a purpose.” And then He says,
3. We’re Saved by God’s GRACE.
What’s that mean? That means you don’t deserve it. You don’t earn it. You can’t buy your way into heaven. You can’t be good enough to get into heaven because heaven’s perfect, and you’re not. By the way, I’m not either. I’ve got to get into heaven on somebody else’s ticket. That’s Jesus Christ, who was perfect, because He was God. He says, “I will give you My grace.” What is grace? Grace is when God gives us what we need and not what we deserve. Grace is when God says, “I’m going to take your problem and make it My problem.”
Grace is God’s Riches given to you At Christ’s Expense – GRACE.
Eph 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
In other words, you can’t earn your way to heaven. You can’t work your way to heaven. Sorry. You don’t have enough good works in you to do that. It’s just a gift.
Jesus Christ wants to save you from your hurts. He wants to save you from your habits. He wants to save you from your hang-ups. He wants to save you for His purpose, and He wants to save you by His grace.