By: Tamika M.
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 (NIV)
Tis' the season to celebrate Jesus.
We do not celebrate a tree; we do not celebrate Santa; we celebrate the answer to the sin of the world.
The answer that you and I needed before we even knew that we needed it.
Jesus is the answer that takes away the sin of the world.
The Bible reminds us in Romans 3:23:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (KJV)
All. Not some. All.
We have all sinned, we have all fallen short, and we all, yes ALL, need a Savior.
We all need Jesus.
I know that we sometimes teach the part of salvation, that Jesus died for us, and that he gives us a chance at eternity with him.
But sometimes, we miss the other truth, the truth that we do not deserve forgiveness.
The truth that salvation gives us not only the opportunity to walk in the forgiveness of Christ, but it also requires us to walk in obedience.
Jesus is the full answer for our sins, but his sacrifice calls us to greater.
His sacrifice calls us to change the way that we live.
His sacrifice calls us not to leave the presence of Jesus unchanged.
What love it was that he died for us. And what beauty is our heart's response to live for him.
This season ought not to be one where we miss the true answer that Jesus gave to the earth, but this season ought to be one when we walk in and share the truth of what Jesus did, why he did it, and what our hearts response ought to be.
Salvation cost something, and not just today, but every day. And our hearts response should be one that lives in reference, giving all glory, honor, and praise to the Lamb!