What is the question on your mind this Christmas?
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
What would you like for Christmas? Gift giving questions are on a lot of people’s minds at this time of year.
Children are asked this question by parents, grandparents, and guys in red suits, white beards, and sitting on a throne in a mall.
Children seem to have a ready answer to this question, especially when Christmas is less than a week away!
When I was a young boy, I made up lists. Actually wrote them out on pieces of paper, edited them, re-wrote them, and made copies.
As I got older, I kept a running list in my head, ready to share it if ever asked, “What would you like for Christmas?”
As an adult with grown children, my list is different than when I was a child. Toys and games have been replaced by tools and health for my family and loved ones.
Christmas has a way of answering all those requests and questions. And if we look at Christmas for what it really is – the gift of a Savior and salvation freely given from God – then Christmas brings joy and peace no matter what answer we get to the questions we have at this time of year.
There are many questions on our minds – at this and any time of year.
Which is what I was thinking about when I read Acts 16 recently.
Paul and company were jailed in the city of Philippi. They had been preaching the Gospel. Paul and Silas also cast a demon out of a slave girl. But this took the girl’s owner’s means of income away from them, so they had Paul and Silas imprisoned.
In the middle of the night, Paul is leading the prisoners in a hymn sing when an earthquake struck!
So violent was the quake that the doors of the jail were broke open. The prisoners could have easily escaped in the dark and chaos, but to the jailor’s surprise and shock, they didn’t!
In his shock and surprise, he blurts out a question that strikes at the heart of all people.
What must I do to be saved?
The answer is at once simple and profound.
Believe in the Lord Jesus!
That very night, the jailor and his entire family were baptized. Christ saved them!
They received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is that simple. And yet it is also that profound. That jailor’s life would never be the same again.
That is the way of all profound gifts. They have a way of changing us. Not the gift itself, so much, but a combination of what the gift means to us and who gave us the gift.
You are offered an incredible gift of God this Christmas. The gift of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Here’s my question to you: what will you do with that gift?
Heavenly Father, you offer me an incredible gift – the gift of love and salvation! Help me to use this gift wisely and to share this gift widely. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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