Christ: A Lifeline

Dant01

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Everyone seriously considering taking up evangelism really ought to include this
brief little homily in their preaching bag.

Luke 2:10-12 . .The angel said to them: I bring you good news of great joy that
will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has been born to
you; he is Christ the Lord.

The angel announced the birth of a savior; defined by Webster's as one who
rescues. We've all seen examples-- lifeguards, firemen, cops, emergency medical
services, Coast Guard units, snow patrols, and mountaineering teams. Rescue
workers typically save people in distress who are facing imminent death and/or
grave danger and utterly helpless to do anything about it.

There were saviors in the Old Testament that rescued the Jews from a variety of
dire straits (Neh 9:27) but we know from Matt 1:18-21 and Luke 1:63-77 that this
particular savior will not only serve as a knight in shining armor, but also as a very
effective mediator between God and Man.

In other words: Jesus Christ's ordeal on the cross is a lifeline, so to speak, that God
is all set to throw to anyone and everyone for whom destiny in Hell is a foregone
conclusion; if only they have the good sense to plead guilty and throw themselves
on the mercy of the court by a simple, naïve prayer something like this one:

"God, I know I'm a sinner. I would like to take advantage of your son's death."

Does Jesus' Father honor those kinds of prayers? Well if His son's story of the tax
collector at Luke 18:9-14, and the account of the malefactor crucified along with
Jesus at Luke 23:38-43 are truthful indicators; then I can honestly, and confidently,
attest that He does, and He will.


NOTE: Just about everybody who's ever heard anything about Christianity is aware
that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, but what is often unknown is that it
was personal; as Isaiah 53:6 says: "The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall
on him."

In other words: the iniquity of each of us fell on him, i.e. any name we might pull
out of a hat, and as many names as we might pull out of a hat: that one name, and
each name, is an individual for whom Christ endured the cross; there are no
exceptions.

Is it any wonder then why the angel announced not just joy, rather, "great joy" that
will be for all the people?
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