Day 20 – Save
 
Joseph was contemplating the serious matter of his pregnant fiancé. In a dream he heard these words from a messenger (angel) of God:  “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21) This short message includes two miraculous concepts.  1) the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and 2) the child would save people from their sins.
 
I have no rational means to begin to understand that first miraculous statement.  The virgin birth is far beyond my frame of reference.  I accept it by faith.  But I do have a way to connect to the second miraculous statement “he will save his people from their sins.”  I can connect more personally with this pronouncement because I am sinful. Since I struggle with sin (see Romans 7:18-25), I resonate with those words: “he will save his people from their sins.” 
 
God sent his son to save you and me.  We could not and cannot save ourselves.  Left to our own devices we are adrift on a sea of chaos and despair.  You may have seen the recent news about the British sailor who was in a crisis situation 2,000 miles west of Argentina.   She, Susie Goodall, was a participant in the Golden Globe, a solo, around the world, non-stop race.  During a violent storm her boat capsized and the mast with all the rigging was destroyed. She was incapable of making progress. She was at the mercy of the sea.  She was alone. She had no way to save herself.  But she could radio for help.  In response to her cry for someone to save her, a freighter was re-routed to find and rescue Susie.  Only with significant outside intervention was she saved.
 
Only with outside intervention are we saved.  When I pause to imagine the world without a Savior I sense hopeless anxiety and confusion.  When I take a deeper look at your life and mine, without anyone to save us, I see darkness and despair.   But God sent His Son to save you and me.  That is the miracle!  We could not save ourselves, so God came to save us.  This rescue doesn’t only apply to eternity.  It also pays dividends for the life you and I live right now. Saved now! Forgiven daily!  Everything is changed.
 

Lord Jesus, thank you that you save me from my sins. Amen.