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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 3

ABCs of Christmas (B) – Genesis 22:7–18

What do you believe about the Savior?

The “B” of Christmas is Believe. This is all that God has required people to do in order to receive the Savior that He promised to send. This is the real heart of Christmas. If you have not believed His promise of full forgiveness of sins through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, do it now.

Abraham had an experience with God that beautifully illustrates this principle. In obedience to God’s command, Abraham took his son Isaac up on a certain mountain to offer him as a sacrifice. Isaac was old enough to understand about sacrifices, and as they went to the mountain, he asked, “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (v. 7).

Abraham believed God’s promise of a Savior and he answered, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (v. 8). Abraham demonstrated that he believed God’s promise of a Savior, and as a result, God said, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (v. 18).

Centuries later an angel appeared to Mary and told her that she was going to have a son (even though she was a virgin), and He would be the Son of God. She understood that He would be the long-promised Savior. Even though she did not understand how this could happen, she believed the angel’s words. “Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
This Christmas season is a good time to evaluate your own faith. Have you believed that Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, is the Savior that God sent to die as payment for your sins? Do you also understand and believe that He also wants to be the Lord of your life? Are you eagerly anticipating His return to the earth? If you believe these three things, this should be a very joyous Christmas season for you. Share that joy with others!