I have known Jesus as many things in my life. First of all, I am glad he is my Savior. The sacrifice he made by giving his life, gave me eternal life. That one act of amazing love provided the forgiveness and removal of my sins and a brand new start.
He has been my friend, provider, healer, comforter and many more things.
This Christmas, I was reminded that he is also my destroyer.
We may not think of him as a destroyer because that doesn’t sound like the loving, kind and gracious Jesus we sing and read about. But in order for him to be my Savior, he must also be my destroyer.
…the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
He can be our Savior because he destroyed the one thing that separated us from God, sin. He not only destroyed sin, but also the effects of sin like shame, guilt and condemnation.
Jesus is a destroyer of all the things in our lives that prevent us from living a joyful and abundant life. The sin problem has been taken care of because he destroyed it. Sin never has the last word, when we confess Jesus as our Savior.
We may go through some consequences of sin, but even in that, he can turn all things into good. If we look at our lives, we may see some things he still needs to destroy. Maybe there is pride, low self-image, a bad habit or defensive mechanism he has been working on for some time. Those of us who have experienced the love, grace and mercy of God are those who have realized there is something in us that needs to be destroyed.
Our prayer this new year is that you would know him as everything you need, including your destroyer. He came to destroy all the works of the devil so we can enjoy the freedom he gave us.
Have a great new year and may you know how much you are loved by us and by our amazing God. Happy 2018!
-Pastor Sam Mata