December 19 A Message of Grace

You shall call His name JESUS. For He will save His people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21

You may skip the genealogy when you read the Christmas story aloud. But don’t overlook its message of grace, which after all is the heart of the Christmas story: God in His mercy doing for sinners what they cannot do for themselves—mending broken lives and restoring shattered hopes. That’s why He came—to save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

Here’s the best part: the same grace that was evident in the genealogy is active today, and the same Jesus is saving His people from their sins. No sin, no matter how heinous, puts sinners beyond His reach. “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25, kjv).[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 380). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

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