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There’s a humorous story told about the writer G.K. Chesterton. When the London-based newspaper The Times asked various authors to answer the question “What’s wrong with the world,” Chesterton, in his classic tongue-in-cheek style, responded briefly and wisely: “Dear Sirs, I am.” His response brings out a very important truth: the biggest problem in your life (and in the world) is not something outside yourself. It is not your circumstances. It is not the ways that you have been wronged. The primary problem in your life is your own sin.
Jesus did not come to save us from our circumstances; He came to save us from our sins. Even when we forget what we really need saving from, God knows what our primary problem is. He knows that what we really need is to be freed from the consequences and the power of our sins, so He sent Jesus to do just that. In last week’s sermon, Mike reminded us that as we celebrate Christmas we always do so with one eye on Easter. Even the angel’s announcement to Joseph in our passage this week is framed with Easter in mind. Jesus was born in order to save us from our sin, and it is on Easter, by His death and resurrection, that Jesus brings about this salvation. So let the story of Jesus’ birth remind you once more that what you need most is not a change in your circumstances, nor the eradication of someone else’s sin. Your number one problem, which Jesus came to save you from, is your own sin. This knowledge should draw us to God in hope, because we have a loving Savior.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon: The Birth of Jesus Proves Him Savior