Passage: Matthew 1:18-25 — The Immaculate Conception
Key Verse: Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Last summer I was having trouble with my eyesight. At night I could not read street signs because the street lights washed them out. In the early morning when I ran, every car seemed to have their high beams on and I was blinded and forced to avert my eyes. When reading the Bible, I had to tilt my head at odd angles to see through the dark clouds and the blinding glare emanating from the page. At the end of the summer, I went to the ophthalmologist and he diagnosed me with cataracts, which was somewhat surprising because I was only 49 years old. However, early in life I had taken prednisone for asthma, and sometimes this causes premature cataracts. The doctor looked at my eye for five seconds, and then asked, “Have you ever taken prednisone?” and that was that.
What does this story have to do with the above verse? Sometimes we lose sight of the purpose and ministry of Jesus Christ. He came to earth to save people from their sins. Sometimes I forget this with my criticism of the Modern Church. The Modern Church is weak and feckless, and its witness is severely compromised — it not much different than the world, not much of a beacon of light in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. However, that does not change what Christ hath done for me and for the rest of mankind. There is probably something much different than this that causes you lose sight of what Christ hath done, but the remedy is still the same — stay focused on Christ and what he hath done and will do.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me — thank you for doing for me what I could not do for myself. Never let me lose sight of this.