Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God! -- Psalm 42:11
Jesus came to this earth as a vast fulfillment, carrying with Him all that humanity needed. I've just blogged twenty-three times about the different ways Jesus has touched my life and what He is to me. I could've gone on many more times. But for everything He is, if He wasn't first and foremost Savior, then it would all be for nothing. He could be a great teacher, a great helper, full of wisdom, but in the end, we were still destined to die in our sins and to take the punishment for all we've done, as individuals and as the human race.
If someone didn't come to save us, it would be over. To say Jesus saved my life is the understatement of the century, but at the heart of it all, it is that simple. He saved me from punishment. From death. He continues to save me from harm, from lies, from myself.
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In other words, Savior.
Merry Christmas, in the fullest sense of the Word.