Christmas Landscape

If I’m a sinner, I don’t need a psychologist — I need a Savior

The Manger
A Manger Transformed – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12

Key Verse: Luke 2:12

“And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Let’s start today thinking about what the term transformed really means. The dictionary definition is: “to change in condition, nature or character, convert” (www.dictionary.com).

Look closely at the words in this definition. The first word is “condition.” What was the condition of your life before Jesus came in? The Bible says that you (and every other human alive) were full of sin—no one is or ever was truly righteous in God’s sight. Our condition was in bad shape—separated from God and unable to be good enough to go to heaven when we died. We were sinners.

I realize in our day and age it’s hard to find sinners; we can only find people with psychological problems. However, the term sinner, though not politically correct, is the correct term for every person who hasn’t been transformed by Jesus.

Once we fully understand that our condition is a sinner, then we know what to look for if and when we want to change. If I’m a sinner, I don’t need a psychologist—I need a Savior. If I’m a sinner, I don’t need someone to understand me; I need someone to forgive me. If I’m a sinner, I don’t need a teacher, I need a transformer; I need Jesus. Jesus comes and changes the condition of a person, from sinner to saint, in God’s sight. If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).

Father, I’ll praise You today and throughout eternity because You transformed me—changing my condition. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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