Christenson

The Rev. Chris Christenson

This year was the biggest cyber Monday in history. More people are going online because there are so many choices, so many products available. Have you noticed the many choices for everything you want to buy? There is a choice for almost everything in this life, all except one – how you are saved.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

After the apostles Peter and John healed a crippled man in Jerusalem, they explain the reality. The two of them had no special power in and of themselves, but the man was healed in the name of Jesus. They go on to explain that all of Scripture, from Moses through all the prophets, was proclaiming salvation from God. And this salvation came only in Christ Jesus alone.

Even and maybe especially during this Christmas holiday season, which is obviously about the birth of Christ, should we slow down and remember that the Bible is God’s message to us. And the Bible proclaims that there is only one way to be saved, in Christ Jesus alone.

There are many ways that the world or the weak sinful nature thinks it can be saved: Maybe we can come together as humans and make the world a better place. It’s getting worse, not better. And then we still have sin and death to solve. Maybe I can just be the best person I can be and God must love and save me. A holy and just God demands perfection from you. People will to turn to false gods, be them named or the gods of our society like money, power, or leisure, to name a few. I suppose we could just say there isn’t a god and pretend everything is going to be alright. People try these ways to be saved but end up at the same place; unrighteous before God and deserving of eternal death.

Instead we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate that only in Jesus Christ do we have our sins paid for and receive the righteousness needed to be with God, both now and forever. No other religion or philosophy teaches that God in his grace did everything to save us in Jesus. There is no other way. In this politically correct world, that says that there is a choice for everything and all is subjective to each individual, it may be wrong to say there is only one way to be saved. But I would rather be politically incorrect and share the only way, God’s way, to be saved, in Christ alone.

You can have your choices of Christmas gifts to buy. And yes, if you don’t like the gifts you receive, you can take them back and choose something else. But the greatest of all gifts that you will never want to exchange or return is, “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Merry Christmas!

Chris Christenson is the pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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