Salvation – Day 24 – Holiday Haiku

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,  for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)


And isn’t that the heart of the holiday? A Savior, born to die, to save us from the sins that we’ve committed: the ultimate scapegoat, the eternal passover lamb. I’ve always said that Christmas is about His death and resurrection as much as His birth. Without Easter Sunday, Christmas would be just another birthday.

If you have made it through advent, celebrating the tinsel and the cookies and the elf on the shelf, but somehow not yet understood the incredible love of God –  that He would send His Son to earth to redeem you from all your sin-stained aches and pains – then I pray you have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the mind to perceive that He came for you. He left the glory throne of Heaven to chase you down in your self-suficient pride and woo you to salvation.


Dear friend, there is nothing on earth that you can do to clean yourself up, make yourself right and worthy to stand before God. The thoughts you think, the words you speak, the things you do, the motivations that lead you… can never be good enough, holy enough, to earn you access to heaven, and a right relationship with God.


You can’t earn it. But you can receive it.


It is the greatest gift of all. But a gift is not a gift until it is received. This gift must be received by each man, woman, boy, or girl.


Have you received this gift?

It’s as simple as ripping all the paper off your Christmas morning presents. Here’s a prayer that you can pray if you believe:

“Jesus, I can’t do this on my own. I need You! I see now why you came to earth. You came for me. You came to save me. You came to live a perfect life because I couldn’t. And then you died in my place so that I wouldn’t have to. Now I get to have an eternity in heaven with You. You saved me. And I believe it! Thank You for being my Savior. Thank You, in Your Name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.

And so, with all the hustle bustle behind us now, here on Christmas Eve – the wrapping of gifts and the decking of halls is all done – we are celebrating the heart of Christmas.

Our Savior – and the Salvation He came to bring.



Today is the final day of our Holiday Haiku Challenge. If you missed any of the series and would like to start at the beginning, join us here.


A very special thank you to those of you who advent-ed along with me this December. May you enjoy celebrating our Savior, unwrapping anew the Salvation He came to deliver to those who would simply receive this most incredible gift.


Merry Christmas,


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  1. God so loved the world
    He gave His beloved Son
    Believing – I’m His

    Holiday Haiku: I have loved this and because we’ve missed a few elements of “the story” I hope it continues through to the 31st!

  2. Well done friend. Thank you for leaving us with this crescendo of truth—the heart of the gospel. Your series has been beautiful. Thank you for pointing us to the Savior. Merry Christmas! God with us.

  3. What a wonderful and joyful journey. I have loved every moment of these days!
    Thank you so much, Wendy, for taking the time to put this together for us. Merry Christmas!

    The Creator knew
    We could not live as we should
    He sent Love for us

  4. Our salvation came
    Long ago in Bethlehem
    Jesus is his name

  5. Born that silent night
    This infant king come to save
    Love came down for us

  6. You came to live a perfect life because I couldn’t. And then you died in my place so that I wouldn’t have to. Now I get to have an eternity in heaven with You. You saved me. And I believe it! Where is this information?

    • Here are a few Bible verses:

      Romans 3:21-26 (The Message translation of the Bible)
      What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
      God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

      The verse before it reads, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 2:23)

      It’s bad news, we deserve death, but God loves us so much he wants to give us life instead!

      “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

      God loves you and wants to have you forever with Him, in relationship here and now, but also in heaven for all eternity.

      “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

      No matter what your life has looked like up until this point, God can wipe it all clean, that’s forgiveness. That’s salvation.

      “He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

      Praying for you to know this incredible love that lasts forever.



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