Christmas Eve 2021
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Christmas Eve 2021

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Do You See The Savior? Jesus came and did a lot of amazing things. He's remembered for walking on water, controlling nature, and healing many people and yet He was given the name Jesus because He was going to save His people from their sins.

You might have a baby picture laying around. I want to show you mine. Here I am Baby Kevin. Wow, it's always cool to look back on that moment and I just wonder what the people around me were thinking, what my parents were thinking when they were holding me and looking into my eyes for the very first time. They couldn't imagine all the things that this baby, this little boy that they were holding, would eventually do, who he would become, where we would live, all of those things. You can't see that all just in a baby. And for you, is the same same thing. When your parents saw you, what did they see that they see a college graduate, or did they see CEO? Or did they see a great mom, a great Dan? What about the famous people that we...

...would recognize, the famous athletes, the the top CEOS, maybe even the the teachers that your school? Would you have seen them when they're just born? Would their parents would have known that this was what was in store for this little baby that they were holding in their arms? I don't know if you can know, but I just wonder when they were looking at Jesus, when Mary and Joseph was looking at Jesus, when the shepherds and the wise men were looking at Jesus, what did they see? How would they have known that this little baby, this little boy, would grow up to be maybe probably the most famous person in the history of the world? Like he...

...would do things like walk on water. He would do things like he'll lame people and they would walk again, blind people, they would see again. This Jesus did some incredible things. But the angel appeared to marry and said, I want you to name his name Jesus, for not because he was going to walk on water. His name isn't Jesus because he was going to stand on a boat and tell this storm to stop. He wasn't going to control nature. That's why. That's not why he was named Jesus. He was named Jesus because he was going to save his people from their sin. And when you look at Jesus, do you see that? When you think...

...about Jesus, when you study Jesus, when you celebrate Christmas, do you think that here we are celebrating the birth of a baby boy who was going to save his people from their sin? Well, first of all, maybe you're wondering, am I included in his people? Is that me? I'm not a special person. I'm not particularly a religious person. I don't really know. I'm not. I don't feel like God's people. But Jesus would teach that he was for everyone, he was for the outcast, he was for the sinner, and it was God who was going to be doing the saving of said people, the saving like, none of us want to be...

...saved. We want to be the savor. We don't want to be the one on the other end that's in need of help. But yet that's how God sets the situation. Jesus is the savor, he is the save. Your saving his people from not from fear, he's not saving his people from depression, he's not saving his people from anxiety, he's not saving his people from bad relationships. No, he's Jesus because he's saving his people from their sin. And and Sin Right. What do we do with that? How do we understand that word? I think, I think we would be better off as a society is as people, if we did understand sin a little bit more. When we would meet with a counselor and we would tell them some of the issues that were facing in our life and maybe in our marriage...

...or in our relationships, and and we're just talking with the counselor and saying, you know, I just I just seemed to mess it up all of the time. I just I just can't get it right. I can't say the right thing at the right time in the right way, and and it's causing a lot of problems. We can't get on the same page and and I respond in ways I don't really like, like can you help me, you know, in the counselor's like well, you know, like tell me about your parents, you know, how did you grow up? Maybe you learn that from your dad and your mom, or or maybe you experience something in your life that caused you to be this way or respond this way, and and those are all good and true and probably influential things in your life, but sometimes it's just helpful to just call it for what it is. Like you can't really fix it until you really diagnose it. And if a counselor or trusted friend or individual in your life would just be like look,...

...man, like you're a sinner, like that's that's why you don't get it right all of the time. That's why you fall short where you want to live up to a certain standard and you just can't, like we fall short, that sin fall short of God's perfect standard, and it's just who we are by nature. It's a result of what we believe happened in the garden of Eden With Adam and Eve choosing to disobey God. They had pride, they thought their way was better, and so when we have pride and when we think our way is better, it's it's something that's built inside of us and we're sinners by nature and we're sinners by choice. And this savior, Jesus, came to save his people, to save us from their sin. It's what he came to do. It's why we celebrate that he was born...

...of a virgin, because if Jesus was not born of a virgin, then he just be like any other regular person that was a sinner. But Jesus was perfect, a hundred percent God unique, special, born in a special way, coming to Earth. He pre existed before he was born. He came to Earth and was born of a virgin so that when he died, when he passed away on the cross, when he was killed and murdered on the Cross, he took our sin and paid the penalty for our sin, because the penalty of sin is death and when Jesus did that. He died for your sin and my sin and because he was perfect and had no sin to die for. In exchange, when we trust and believe in Jesus, he gives us his perfection. Jesus, a hundred percent God, perfect in every way, a hundred percent man, came to Earth to be our savior,...

...to take our sin upon himself because he had none of his own. And when we trust and believe in him, we are forgiven of that sin and we're given new life, abundant life, his perfection, His Holiness. He was our substitute. He died in our place as us, instead of us, and those are all things that we see in this baby boy in this Christmas season. He lived a perfect life. God was a man and God is with us forever, and now he's gonna die and he's going to be buried, he's gonna come back from the dead and he's going to send it to heaven and one day he's going to come back again. And right now the Holy Spirit lives inside of us like we see all of these things in this baby boy and we celebrate that the light has come and that the...

...light is here and sin is the opposite of that. Sin Is Metaphord oftentimes as darkness. Yay, though, I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death. It's the valley, it's not the mountain top, and it's the shadow, it's the darkness, it's I don't know what's lurking around the corner of death. I will fear no evil. We don't say that, hey, when everything's bright and shiny and I'm running through the meadows and there's flowers everywhere. I will fear no evil. There's something about darkness. There's something about sin that's dark that's evil. Sin and darkness go together. But it's into that darkness that the light comes. Every single time, and this...

...is my favorite point about the traditional Christmas candle lighting that happens at a Christmas Eve service. Every single time the light enters the darkness. You don't turn the darkness button on. You have to turn the light off in order for it to be dark. The light always wins, the light always comes in, the light always enters, the light always comes in, and so when the light of Jesus comes into your life, it always comes in like it's because of what he has done that the light comes in. And I can say without a doubt it always comes in, it always works, it always dispels the darkness, it always forgives every sin you've ever had. It always brings light to the darkest places in your life. It always does, because...

...it's God who does it and not us. The light comes on and it shines into the darkness. Every single time. It's like a jar. It's dark, it's dark inside the jar, but the light has come. The light is here. Jesus is not afraid of your darkness, he doesn't run from your darkness. Actually he's quite interested in your darkness. He comes and is close, he comes and loves, he comes and forgives whatever darkness is inside of you. The light has come and we just have to open ourselves, open our hearts, open our minds and receive the light. Received the free gift that Jesus wants to be your savior, that he saves US people,...

...he saves you from their sin and every single time the light comes in to the darkness and it always turns on, it always dispels the darkness. And See, a common teaching of our culture today is that everybody in and of themselves kind of naturally are good, that we all have a little bit of light inside of all of us and we just kind of have to find the light. But Jesus is the savior. He's the superhero that enters the story from outside of the story and comes into the story. He's the light. We don't produce the light in and of ourselves. In fact, without him, were dark. But he's not afraid of your light. In fact,...

...he wants to come into your darkness and light it up, and he literally, for everyone who's placed their faith in Jesus, Christ literally lives inside of us and his light shines through in the darkness. His light always comes in, his light always lights up the darkness. His light always leads, it always guides, it always comforts, it always works. So I want you to see a savior who has come into the darkness, your darkness, to save his people, to save you from your sin. Maybe you're here in this for the first time, in a fresh way, in a new way you've you've never really seen yourself like this before and you want the light to come in to your heart, into your world. I invite you in...

...this moment to just do that. Say Jesus. Without you, I realize that I'm dark I'm a sinner, I've made mistakes, I've fallen short of your perfect standard and, God, I realize that you're not afraid of my darkness. In fact, you have come to enter in, you have come to forgive, you've come to give light. And therefore, Jesus, I need you, I'm trusting in you. Right now is my moment. Would you just say that in your own words and a little prayer to say, Jesus, I need you, come in, light me up, light me up, Jesus, and he will. And would you tell somebody right in the comments trusted in Jesus. Send us an email, send us a text message, tell the person you're watching this with that it sent this to you,...

...that you are trusting in Jesus, that you have invited him into your life, into your darkness, and that you are expecting and looking forward to living your life in a completely new and brighter way.

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