We often forget how much of the Christmas story hung on Joseph’s acceptance.
He could have demanded God speak to Him through something more substantial than a dream. He could have divorced Mary after she became pregnant with a child that wasn’t his. He could have lawfully stoned her to death for her pregnancy.
But Joseph accepted.
The reason Joseph accepted? Because. An angel told him to accept the child as his own “because He will save His people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:21)
This year, rethink the way you Christmas and accept that you need a Savior. As D.A. Carson once said,
“If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.”
Remind yourself again with this simple, single truth. No matter how good you think your life is, or will be, you need a Savior because you need saving. Resign yourself to the reality that your sins have separated you from a holy God who loves you so much He’s willing to die for those sins that you might be restored to him.
When you prepare for Christmas by accepting that you need saving, you celebrate Christmas like you’ve been saved.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
What does today’s reading tell you about people? (Yourself and others.)
What does today’s reading tell you about God?
How do these ideas change the way you Christmas this year?