Admitting desperation

Christmas approaches. With it the angel’s announcement: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Let’s zero-in on that word “Saviour.”

Yes, Jesus saves. But what does he save us from? Certainly estrangement from God, from death, from the consequences of sin, and from hell.

But he also saves us from lovelessness and lesser priorities, from oppression and oblivion, from apathy and even ourselves.

What do YOU need saving from? Philip Yancey says, “Human beings do not readily admit desperation. When they do, the kingdom of heaven draws near.”*

Look into your heart. Into the places of desperation, which also happen to be the places of utmost honesty.

And ask for rescue.

Jesus isn’t called Saviour for nothing.


Notes:

–*As quoted in: Craig Groeschel, Hope in the Dark: Believing God is Good When Life is Not (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018), 27.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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