S is for Savior
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Christmas is a joyful, sweet, and pleasant remembrance of a baby born in a stable. But when you consider the word for today, Savior, the events that come to mind are not pleasant, although they were just as necessary and important as Jesus’ birth.
The definition of the word Savior is a person who saves someone or something from danger. Part of the unpleasantness of thinking of Jesus as our Savior is that people – you and I – are in danger and need someone to rescue us. The danger is death and separation from God forever because of sin. We deserve punishment for our disobedience and rebellion against God. Someone needs to save us from the danger of this punishment.
The unpleasantness that we caused is experienced by Jesus, through his life and death. He suffered and died in order to save us from the danger that each and every person faces. He was beaten, tortured, mocked, and hung with cruelty on a cross. The sweet, innocent baby died for us. Even though the pain wasn’t pleasant, the act was loving and gracious, because it accomplished salvation for everyone who believes in Jesus.
So don’t skip over the word Savior when you read the Christmas story. Consider what it means and whether you actually trust Christ as your Savior. If you don’t, you need to ask God to help you do that today.