truth: he will continue to save.
11 for the scripture says, “everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 for there is no distinction between jew and greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 for “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [romans 10:11-13]
the promise celebrated: Jesus still has the power to save. he is not done! from the bloody cross, he spoke the words “it is finished.” his conquering of sin and death is enough to redeem those who seem too far gone. this promise means that the power seen in Christ coming to the earth is still being revealed. the symbols of a manger, a cross, and stone rolled away are still present day symbols of love and salvation. CHRISTmas isn’t merely a holiday…it is hope.
who in your life that you would love to see turn to Jesus? list them and spend time praying for their salvation! only Christ can soften their hearts.
because of Christ, lives can still be saved.
this makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. —[hebrews 7:22-25]
as you consider your salvation, what brings you great joy?
God, thank you for continuing to show your power by transforming lives! forgive me for believing that some of the lost are too far gone. Lord, use this CHRISTmas to deepen my desire to see you save! o God, grow our longing for the return of Jesus as we await the celebration of his birth!