Universal Salvation: A Saviour who is Christ the Lord
Christmas is here once again. But Christmas means different things to different people. To some it is a joyful occasion, a time of giving and a time of receiving. A time for families to get together to enjoy each other's company with kindness and love.
But for some it is not so good. Try being a family at Christmas with little money and Christmas can be a very hard time of year - when you want to buy your children presents for Christmas and you just can not afford to do so. It can be a very heartrending experience.
And yet to others, Christmas is an awful time of year because they have nothing, not even a roof over their heads. No money, no food, living in terrible conditions, children dying - try telling them Christmas is a wonderful time of year.
How do you tell someone who has just lost a loved one to have a happy Christmas? You can not, they can not have a happy Christmas. It will be a sad Christmas for them. Whatever time of year it is, everyone must be allowed their time of grief.
Whatever situation you find yourself in, we have the most amazing message for you. Universal Salvation! You, and all your loved ones, will one day have eternal life, and then you will be short of nothing. All of the dead are to be raised, and you are going to be together with them once again. This message is not guaranteed to give you a happy Christmas; what it can do is to give you hope for the future.
Christmas to children means Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and presents. Christmas to many Christians means shepherds, wise men and the baby Jesus. Christmas at Christianworld means a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. A guarantee of Universal Salvation.
It says at Luke 2:8-14:
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Note verse 11: "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord." The Greek word there for "Saviour" is swthr (soter) from swzw (sozo) and it means a saviour, a deliverer, one who delivers you from whatever problems you have, to a position whereby you have no problems. And that includes everyone who has ever lived.
Back to verse 10: Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." There, did you see that? "Which will be to all people." The Greek word for "all" there is panti (panti) from paV (pas) and guess what it means? All, entirety.
I can hear people now saying, "not always." But you can not make all not mean all. You can mistranslate it and you can misuse it, but every one knows that all means all. For example, when Manchester United, an English football team, won the European Cup and they rode through the streets of Manchester in a bus, the commentator said, "What a welcome this team is getting! All of Manchester has turned out to greet them". Now it was quite obvious that the entire population of Manchester had not turned out to greet them. He had misused the word. But, in spite of that, everyone did not change their opinion of what "all" means. Everyone knows that all means all, especially God.
What the angel is saying is, "I have got some good news for you, and the good news is for everyone. Today is born a deliverer, and he is going to remove every problem that is on the earth." How about that for good news? Could you really expect anything less from God? If he is going to remove every problem from the earth, that means no more dying, no more crying and no more poverty. That means Universal Salvation, eternal life for all, together with the nature of God, freewill and never being short of anything ever again.
Verse 14 says "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men." The Greek words for peace and goodwill, are eirene and eudokia, and convey the meanings of prosperity and satisfaction respectively. What a beautiful world and what a wonderful life we are all going to have. What a great God who can bring all of this about. And what a friend we have in Jesus. A Saviour who is Christ the Lord.