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Advent Devotional | Day 24

December 25, 2018

He Came to Save His People From Their Sins | Tuesday, Dec. 25

Matthew 1:21

This verse summarizes the meaning of Christmas day. Jesus has come to save people from their sin. That’s what His name means. On this Christmas day, have you trusted Jesus and turned from your sin? Have you acknowledged that His life, death, and resurrection has made forgiveness possible? Have you received salvation through Jesus? Is He the Lord of your life today? If not, this is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas — to trust Jesus to save you from your sins. For all who have already trusted in Him, remember that this salvation is not just for us. It is for the nations, all those near and far. His salvation is not intended to stop with us; it is intended to spread through us. He came to save all kinds of people from their sin. Pray that more people around you would be saved. Pray that Christmas would not just be a sentimental celebration, but that it would be a celebration of salvation through Jesus for more and more people. Pray specifically for the Tigre people of Eritrea. There are many challenges to getting the Good News to them, but there are growing opportunities for the message to come through neighboring Ethiopia.
 
If you know Jesus as your Savior, ponder the way you received that gift of salvation and the differences it makes in your life. Pray that others would come to know the difference Jesus wants to make in their lives. Ask God to give them the gift of salvation.
 
PRAYER
God, this Christmas day we praise You for salvation in Jesus. Thank You for sending Jesus to save us from our sins. Jesus, we praise You because that is what Your name means. We praise You as a Savior, Lord, and King. We worship You on this day and for all eternity. We pray for the salvation of more people right where we live and across the globe, particularly for the Tigre people in Eritrea. Open more eyes to Your salvation. We praise You as the one who came to save Your people from their sin. In Your name we pray, amen.
 
ACTION
Gather as a family and tune into​ live.mcleanbible.org at any time today to hear the Christmas story read by David Platt and his family.

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Submitted by Mark B (not verified) on
I recently read about your church praying for the president... and how some parishioners took offense. I hope that’s not true. As a pastor I’m sure you are well aware of the Bible’s teachings on praying for leaders, praying for enemies, and not easily being offended. Perhaps a sermon on repentance would b inorder

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