“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
This Christmas season people will be searching for many things: fulfillment in family, pleasure in gifts, joy in helping others, financial security in bonuses and much more. Long before we would celebrate this season, however, Jesus came to seek something too. He came into this world to bring salvation, to be salvation, but who did he seek to save? Those that need Him, those that cannot seem to get it right, those that cannot find their way… sinners.
We live in a world full of self-help books. A world where we know we aren’t “perfect,” but we keep trying to fix ourselves anyway. It’s when we realize that it’s not possible, that we can’t fix ourselves, that we understand the full weight of the Gospel. That Jesus came to save sinners—those that cannot help themselves: us.
The Pharisees and Sadducees could not figure Jesus out because they thought they had life and salvation in their own goodness. They could not see that their righteousness compared to God’s glory was as filthy rags and that they were in desperate need of a savior. Are you still trying to rely on yourself to find the fullness of life or have you recognized your own sin and great need?
Jesus invites us to accept the salvation that only He can give. Contrary to all other religions and gods, we have a God that gives us life by serving us. In a society of “you can do it,” “dust yourself off and try again,” and “I think I can, I think I can,” it is hard for us to allow someone else to take care of and serve us. However, we cannot serve ourselves enough to find happiness and we cannot serve God enough to earn salvation. Jesus alone is able to forgive us, renew us and give us fullness of life. When we allow Christ to serve us, he becomes our family, pleasure, joy, and security.
This season as you wrap presents, attend a church service, or go to a work party, remember to cherish your salvation in Jesus Christ. Take time to worship a God that loves sinners. Give thanks to a Lord that graciously serves us when we least deserve it. And don’t forget to share with others the most priceless gift you have ever received.
Discipleship Challenge: In conversation today talk about what it means to stop trying to fix ourselves. Discuss what is sweet about admitting that we are sinners in need of grace.
Karly Hines is the Downline Event Coordinator & a Sinner Saved by Jesus Christ