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We live in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity. The watered down gospel passed out in too many churches isn’t offensive with its seeker-friendly “we’re all going to heaven no matter what we do or believe” mentality. All that’s important in that mistaken theology is “do good” and you’ll make it to heaven. I’m afraid there are many who’ll be visiting a church this Christmas who wrongly believe that false narrative. Why am I afraid? Because where you spend eternity doesn’t depend on your religious views, it depends on having a right relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Can I ask you a sincere question?
If I gave you a tall cold glass of water and put a dropper full of toilet water in it, would you drink it? Does the “good” water outweigh the toilet water?
How did we ever get it in our minds that God, Who is holy, would ever embrace our sins?
The Bible clearly states, and if we’re honest we’ll acknowledge the truth that:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
That’s every one of us. Sins, according to God’s Word, are the bad things we do and the good things we fail to do. Imagine-and if you knew me, you’d know that it takes a great stretch of the imagination-imagine I’m a “good person.” I’m so good I only sin once a day. Let’s say I live for 75 years and do the math:
75x 365= 27, 375 days
(I’m terrible at math, so let’s forget the leap years!)
That’s 27, 375 sins!
That’s a lot, isn’t it? I’ll be honest with you, I’m certain I fall short of God’s standard of righteousness more than once a day. The first thing I learned when I was confronted with the truth of the Gospel was that God is holy and I am not. No amount of “good works” was going to cover my sin. In fact, I was drowning in its power. Just like a drowning man, there was no way for me to save myself.
That is why the true Gospel is good news. None of us can work our way into Heaven. None of our good deeds wipe out the debt our sin has driven us into, but God, before He even made the world, designed the plan of salvation for us. The Son of God became a man and was born in Bethlehem, not so we could have a new holiday, but to live a perfect life and take the penalty of our sin upon Himself. He did that on the cross at Calvary.
“Jesus came to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.”
The cross is the reason Jesus was born in Bethlehem so long ago. Doing “good,” being “good” doesn’t make us acceptable to holy God. None of us is “good.” Morality won’t save you; good works won’t save you; religion won’t save you. Scripture clearly states that Jesus is the only way of salvation. We receive God’s gift of salvation through faith.
A drowning man can’t save himself, but he can lift his arm up to be saved by another.
Jesus came the first Christmas to be your Savior. If you haven’t taken the gift of salvation He offers, do it now. Raise your arms to Him and He will save you!