Despite efforts by many businesses to reduce Christmas to a prime commercial time of the year, and despite the robust effort that some groups undertake to remove the name of Jesus Christ from Christmas and turn Christmas into a “generic” holiday, it remains that billions of Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ today. John shares with us that Jesus is above all and whoever believes in him has eternal life, but whoever does not obey him shall not see life.
More than half of the world’s population does not believe in Jesus Christ as the begotten Son of God, the Messiah. Sadly, among those who claim to be Christians, many have succumbed to the pressure of pluralism—the belief that Jesus is not the only Savior. Accepting that salvation is found in religions other than Christianity is to consider Jesus as one among many “saviors” and, thereby, to deny the message that John shares with us, that Jesus is above all and in him alone is eternal life.
The yearly celebration of Christ’s birth calls us, who confess him as Lord and Savior, to proclaim him as the Savior and the giver of life, apart from whom there is no salvation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, who came to save sinners and to give eternal life, help me to confess you as Lord and Savior so that the world may come to know you, believe, and be saved. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Stéphane Kalonji, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC.