“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21)

EMERGENCY ROOMS AND TRAUMA CENTERS utilize medical personnel who work valiantly to save the lives of countless individuals. Researchers spend hours experimenting with different materials, combining knowledge and effort to discover cures and effective treatments for diseases. Troops deploy to disaster areas and work alongside civilian volunteers in search of survivors and victims. Firefighters, police, and military personnel risk their lives to assist others on the front lines.

The list of people helping people and performing lifesaving functions is indeed a long one. Many who give sacrificially find themselves lauded as modern-day heroes, and rightly so. Documentary filmmakers record the exploits of these life savers, and print accounts of their work and the harrowing stories of those impacted are saved for future generations.

Unfortunately, the euphoria we feel in the wake of these life-saving rescues is short-lived. The heroic legacy and magnitude of these selfless acts may extend beyond a person’s mortal life, but that glory will eventually fade. The only legacy that remains eternal is the legacy of Jesus. He came to earth to perform the ultimate rescue, to extend life to all mankind. As Savior of the world, He is the one who provides a permanent rescue. Do you know Him? During this Christmas season, remember the Savior of the world and the reason He came.

Commit your life to Jesus, the Savior of the world.

Jill Printzenhoff is a science teacher and avid reader. She enjoys kayaking, fishing, bike riding, hiking, and vacationing with her husband and their two daughters.

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