Romans 3:23-24 NIV

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Mike Slaughter’s premise that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, not ours, flies in the face of our whole belief system. Think about it. Because God sent Jesus to save us from our sins, we’re all called to a new life, a new beginning, a new birth. The gifts we receive from this rebirth are many: a heart filled with thanksgiving, a belief that all things are possible with God, and a desire to serve as Jesus’ hands and feet to a hungry, hurting world.

So often, I see people who are looking for something to fill the holes in their souls. In our consumer-driven culture, this usually means that we turn to things to fulfill our needs. We go out and buy the latest gadget, or maybe even a brand new car. It may feel good for a while, but, in the end, it feels more like a patch or a band aide on our wound, rather than a true healing.

If you’re looking for something more permanent, look to Jesus. He’s the little baby in the manger at Christmas, who sometimes gets lost in the hustle and bustle. But don’t let appearances fool you. He’s bigger than any super hero. This little guy grows up to be the man who sacrifices his life for the sins of many. ALL “fall short of the glory of God,” but we are freed from sin when we accept God’s gift of grace that comes in the form of Jesus, the little baby, the man, the Savior, our super hero.

Prayer: Dear God, We are all in need of a Savior. When you sent your only son to earth, you gave us the greatest gift of all. Thank you for your saving grace that fills our souls long after the money is gone and our fascination with our new stuff has faded. Thank you for the gift that lasts forever, and fills the holes in our souls better than anything we can imagine. Amen.

Pam Selthun


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