Scripture: John 3:16-18
Hymn: What Child Is This
When Jesus came to the world, He came in a humble manger. When He grew up into a man, people were surprised at how He lived. His friends were not important people. They were simple fisherman. He did not eat dinners with important people. He ate with the people no one liked: the tax collectors and sinners. The church people, called Pharisees, were angry that Jesus would be so humble. But He told them “I did not come to save the righteous, but the sinners.” God sent Jesus into the world because of sin. Adam & Eve sinned in the garden when they listened to Satan and ate the forbidden fruit. God had to punish them because of their sin, so He sent them out of the garden and their lives became hard and sad. Ever since then, everyone has sinned and everyone deserves the same punishment God gave to Adam & Eve. You and I are sinners, too. Just like Adam & Eve, our sin condemns us to be punished. But God loved us and sent Jesus so that if we believe in Him, we are not punished. Instead we are saved. Instead we are given life forever. That is what we mean when we say that Jesus is our Savior. All we need to do is come to Jesus with our sin and ask Him for mercy. Whenever we confess our sin to Jesus, He forgives us. When He died on the cross, He died to save us from our sin. Now we are free from the punishment we deserve and instead God has promised us life forever, so that when we die we will go to heaven to live with Jesus.
Dear Jesus, we confess to you that our hearts are full of sin. Have mercy on us, because we are sinners. Thank you for coming into the world for us. Thank you for dying on the cross to save us from our sin. Heavenly Father, thank you for loving the world and sending Your Son so that we could have everlasting life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.