Jesus did not only come to save

As we continue to think about the Christmas season and what it is all about, one thing we can learn from the early chapters of Matthew is that Jesus did not only come to save.  Before Jesus began His earthly ministry, John the Baptist said of Him,

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” – Matthew 3:12

This is quite different from the socialist, universalist, effeminate Jesus that some would like to portray.  No, His purpose was not only to save, but to judge.  Yes, He came to rescue His people from the impending wrath they deserved, but He will also return to judge His enemies and cast them into eternal damnation.

We don’t say this to brag, but rather, to warn.  Jesus is not that baby in the nativity scene.  Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and at His name, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.  

And now is the time between when He first came to save and when He will come to judge.  All men and women have been mercifully given this opportunity to receive a peace offering, so that when He returns, you are not a conquered enemy, but a joyous friend.  If you, today, are an enemy of God, surrender.  Leave your wicked master and enter instead into the Kingdom of Jesus as a royal heir. 

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