For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
Tis the season for deliveries! Mail and parcel delivery drivers work overtime to deliver Christmas cards and packages filled with gifts. Neighbors and friends deliver cookies and other goodies to each other, and hopefully we deliver extra gifts and meals to those in need. Christmastime is filled with deliveries.
At that first Christmas the angels delivered the news of the Savior, Jesus who had been born to deliver us from something from which we can’t deliver ourselves—our sins. Oh we usually have good intentions and try to live a good life, but we fail. We mess up , failing each day to live the life that’s good and pure—perfect enough to get us into Heaven.
One of the dictionary definitions of deliver is “to set free or liberate”. How does it feel when you are caught in sin? When you’ve done something you shouldn’t whether intentionally or unintentionally? I know for me there is often a heaviness that weighs me down or a knot in the pit of my stomach reminding me that I really messed up. No matter how much I try to set it aside in my mind or conquer it with my own strength I fail. It is only when I ask for God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus that the weight is lifted and I feel free.
I think sometimes as Christians we forget that we need a
Deliverer. We want to be strong enough in our own power to overcome the evil in this world. We can be like stubborn children who don’t want their parents to help them with a struggle. They want to do it on their own but they just can’t. Eventually they must give in and allow someone to do it for them. This is the truth of why we need a deliverer.
It’s always fun to see someone coming with a delivery for us at Christmastime. Knowing others care about us enough to send us a gift can warm our hearts and bring us joy. But the joy we find in each earthly delivery cannot compare to the joy of knowing Jesus, our Deliverer—born to set us free and give us new life in Him.