Thought for the Week - 18th DecemberPastor Gareth Watkins
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them all.
Jesus Christ came into the world. Saint Paul says this is a worthy and faithful saying.
God came into the world of time in the form of baby Jesus. This was the most cataclysmic of all world events. God coming into our time and space as a baby.
Another cataclysmic event was when Jesus died and it’s recorded that the sky went dark. Something changed in the heaven when Jesus was born. A light had come into our darkness and that light could not be quenched.
He came to save sinners.
- Distance from God
- Physical and spiritual death
- Bondage of all kinds
Sin prevents hope and a purposeful life. Sin continues on to the next generation.
That’s why God came in the form of Jesus to free us from our sin. Paul the writer of this verse knew his past, but he knew Jesus had forgiven all of his sin as Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners.
Some think God could have just made a sovereign decree and abolished sin, but then there would be no free will and no need of a saviour.
A question to all this Christmas season: do you need a saviour? Have your sins been forgiven?