Mighty to Save

I used to think that Christmas was the only day of the year where people stop and rest. When the stores are closed and people are forced to settle in to wherever they are. But with the fracturing of families and the distances that separate loved ones, Christmas seems to be a day fraught with tight schedules and stress going from house to house, or hosting multiple meals and people. Gifts are purchased in a panic and expectations are high. The preparation, the clean-up, the “fun” of dysfunctional families gathering together in one room and the credit card bills that follow are all part of the lifestyle we have created in our efforts to “celebrate” Jesus.
If there is any lesson that life teaches us it is that we are unable to face it on our own. We simply do not have the resources to meet the demands of the world around us, and truthfully, some of the demands we were never asked to take on.
“Everyone needs compassion, love that’s never failing. Let mercy fall on me. Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Savior, the Hope of Nations.”* These words come from a song called “Mighty to Save” and they echo the needs of every man.  Compassion, Kindness, Hope, forgiveness and a Savior–these are the needs of every man.
This is who Jesus is. This is a big part of the reason Jesus was born. He came to “Save” us. He came to do for us what we ourselves can not do. This little baby would carry the weights of sin, hate, jealousy, betrayal, brokeness, strife, hatred and fear. He would become the “curse” for us and once and for all conquer its power. He would do it in a way that would confound the world. He would grow up in our world and experience it all first-hand. He would be compassion. He would be a friend of sinners, set free slaves of sin, touch lepers, speak to and honor women, bless children, raise the dead, and show us what the Father looks like.
We love holidays. In holidays we try to create for ourselves the world we wish existed where everybody has plenty of food to eat, there are gifts for everyone, families are all together, and no one is in a hurry to leave. What we have yet to understand is that the baby Himself, Jesus didn’t come to bring us a holiday although He is a God who celebrates. He came to be our Savior and to be “born” into our hearts.  He is the perpetual joy and celebration.  He is the endless supply.  He is the peace we’ve been missing.
If you are feeling the relief that Christmas is over and now you can move on with the rest of life, or if you are saddened that Christmas has passed and the panic of the new year is creeping in, let me encourage you with this:  His name is still, and forever will be, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.” He desires to walk with you in your today, in your tomorrow, and into your eternity. There is nothing He has not experienced and there is nothing that He cannot conquer. He is mighty to save.

*Mighty to Save by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan
(C) 2006 Hillsong Publishing (Admin. in U.S. & Canada by Integrity’s Hosanna! Music)

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