December 4, 2017

It is the month of December the month in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. His birth has was so essential to our well-being both physically and spiritually. As Matthew says in our memory verse for this week:

Matthew 1:21 (NLT) — 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus = Savior. In Hebrew the name Jesus is Yeshua which means Adonai Saves. Or God saves. Indicating that Jesus is God. This name Jesus transliterated from the Hebrew Yeshua means Jehovah; which is where we get God saying to Moses in Exodus

Exodus 3:14–15 (NLT) — 14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.

The whole idea here is that when we celebrate the birth of Jesus we are celebrating God coming to us in the flesh. I Am means God is saying that, “I have always been and I am now and I will always be”. So Jesus Christ has always been our savior, he is our savior and he always will be our savior. There is no other savior and we don’t need another savior because we have Jesus.

So what do we need saving from? Our verse says that we need saving from our sins. Our sins severed our relationship with God and Jesus came to restore our relationship with Father God by taking our sins upon his body so that he could carry them away. Once our sins were done away with we could now again have a relationship with our Holy Heavenly Father. We are no longer unholy but holy. We are no longer unrighteous but righteous. Light which is righteousness cannot have fellowship with darkness which is unrighteousness. But those of us who have received Jesus as savior have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light which is where Jesus resides as king.

That alone would be enough reason to rejoice and celebrate Christmas with much enthusiasm but there is more. Being saved from our sins also means to be saved from our sicknesses because all sicknesses and illnesses came about because of sin. Once we were separated from God there was no way for his righteousness to flow into us and there was no way for his health to flow into us. So consequently we became sinners and sickers:) The following two verses will confirm what I have just said.

Romans 5:12 (NLT) — 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

Sin brought death which came about because we could now get sick and sickness because of sin will eventually lead to death.

This is what Jesus said to a man that he had healed who had been sick for 38 years:

John 5:14 (NLT) — 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

Jesus is saying that sickness came about because of sin. So if sin is reduced sickness will be reduced. Jesus came to save us from our sins.

Save = To save, deliver, make whole, preserve safe from danger, loss, destruction.

When Jesus saved us he saved the whole person. He saved our body, soul and spirit. He didn’t say on the cross, “To be continued“. He said, “It’s finished”. Indicating that the whole person has been healed. Look at the individual healings in the New Testament. When Jesus forgave sins the person was also healed. Getting rid of the sin got rid of the sickness. Jesus Christ is the cure for what ails us.

If someone were to find a cure for cancer they would probably be the most celebrated and famous person on the planet. Jesus is the cure for everything. Let’s celebrate him this Christmas like we never have before.

Just as you have embraced your salvation from sins begin to embrace your salvation from sickness. They are two sides of the same coin. That is why Jesus came and that is what Jesus would want you to do.

1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) — 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

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