My final point should greatly encourage you: No matter what your past, Jesus can save you.

Any murderers reading these words? Any prostitutes? Any adulterers? Any liars? Any cheaters? Any angry people? Any thieves? Any hypocrites?

Good News! No matter what you've done in the past, Jesus can save you. If a prostitute can be saved, you can be saved. If a murderer can be transformed, you can be transformed. If an incestuous person can be saved, then there is hope for you.

No matter what your past looks like, or your present feels like, no matter where you've been or what you've done, God can give you a fresh start.

Hope for the Hurting

After I preached this sermon in the early service, a man who is going through a difficult divorce said these words to me: "I'm glad to know somebody else comes from a broken family." He's right. There's a lot of dysfunction in Jesus' family tree. There's a lot of brokenness and a lot of pain.

He knows exactly what you are going through this year at Christmastime.

I hope you won't skip Matthew 1 in your Bible reading. This unlikely list of unlikely people may be the greatest chapter on the grace of God in all the Bible. In these forgotten names from the past God turns the spotlight of his holy grace on fallen men and women, and through their lives, we see what the grace of God can do.

Good news! Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Good news! Call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins. He didn't come to make you religious, he came to save you from your sins. He didn't come to make you pious, he came to save you from your sins. He didn't come for moral reformation, he came to give you eternal salvation.

As strange as it may seem, the worse you are, the better candidate you are for the grace of God. He came to do for you what you could never do for yourself. He came to save you from your sins.

The same grace that Rahab experienced is now available to you. I invite you in Jesus' name to come and be forgiven. He's already made the first move. The next step is up to you.    
 
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