Hymn 20, “From Heaven’s Glory”
Luke 2:8-11, “And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’”
Matthew 1, the angel spoke to Joseph that Mary would bring forth a Saviour who would save people from their sins. Nailprints represent the sacrifice Jesus made and the shed blood, but we need to look to the footprints which represent His life, His walk, the path marked out for us. The costliest part of Jesus’ sacrifice was the footprints. It cost His life.
Isaiah 53:3-5, prophecy – “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes, we are healed.” Jesus was willing to become our Saviour in obedience to His Father. We need to do our part so Jesus can become our Saviour. It’s more than human goodness and living a good life and good works. Human goodness alone will not save us and will not get us to heaven. We can’t claim Jesus unless we’re willing to walk in His footprints.
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” It’s through Jesus we get into the Kingdom of God. We need to believe in Jesus, in His footprints, His teaching, His example, His words and His life. We could be leaning too much on the blood of Jesus. We don’t want to forget the rest and just lean on the blood. We need to live the life. The blood washes us clean and white, cleanses us. Through the blood of Jesus we have hope and cleansing. Jesus’ blood leaves us without a mark or stain, without a past history. We can use different cleansers on a stain and still have a mark left, and the same is true with an eraser, but the blood of Jesus thoroughly cleanses us and leaves us without a record. Allow Jesus to be our Saviour. May we be willing for His will that we could be saved from eternal damnation.