When Christ’s birth was announced, Jesus was the One who would save sinners from their sins, and be God with us. That is the message of Christ’s Birth.
Blind Sinners in Darkness
We were each born sitting in the darkness, heading towards the precipice of sin; but we didn’t even know it because we were blind. That’s how we each were found by Jesus Christ, when He saved us.
So at the moment of salvation, we are given spiritual sight as a gift from God. The Christmas story gives the clearest picture of how all humans appear in their unsaved state, from God’s perspective.
The Gospel is when Jesus Christ shines into our sin-darkened nightlife with a Sunrise of forgiven Life & saving Light. Listen anew to the wonder of what we celebrate this Christmas Season from the last few verses of Luke 1:
Luke 1:76-79 (NKJV) “ And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
This morning when you and I were saved we were given the gift of spiritual sight. We can understand God’s Word, we can see God in His Word, His Creation, and feel Him at work within us.
In fact, when Jesus explained salvation to Paul at his conversion, so that he could teach the Word, and write the Scriptures, Jesus told Paul that He had “opened” Paul’s eyes. That was the very first element of the miracle of salvation, in a list with seven miraculous elements.
Salvation: The Gift of
As we turn now to Acts 26:15-18, which captures Christ’s explanation of salvation to Paul, and defines the very first step of salvation being “opened eyes”. We see that from God’s perspective, salvation is all about going from being spiritually blinded in sin, to opened eyes and forgive.
Acts 26:15-18 (NKJV) So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
So that means that:
Lost People Are
Still Spiritually Blind