By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But for that reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.Amen."1 Timothy 1:15-17-------Paul identifies himself as the "worst of the worst" of all sinners.His life was a zealous, fervent life burning with a religious fuel that scorned, scorched, and put to death many Christians. The man who penned 13 of the 27 New Testament books persecuted and snuffed the life out of God-fearing individuals, too many to count.While Paul's words and deeds are penned after the birth and death of Christ, they are laden and weighty with the defining purpose of the Messiah.Resonating with holy light, zeal, and glory greater than Paul would ever be able to muster up in his flesh, came the appearing of the appointed, anointed Christ child.The Messiah procurred, provoked, and preordained the writing of His word through a man named Paul in order to display the unnatural and supernatural imposition of His power at work through this man's life.The magnitude of mercy developed through Paul's life is sensationally linked to our Savior's birth in one perfectly induced moment:"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins."Matthew 1:21-------The sharing of these passages seems relevant for purposes I don't entirely understand this morning:-Perhaps I'm writing to an individual who feels beyond the scope of pardon, forgiveness, and restoration. -Perhaps I'm writing to an individual who is sure they are the "worst of the worst" and without remedy.Whatever your sin and whatever your case, dear seeker, "your" sin is the reason for which Christ came and Paul already has identified himself the "worst of the worst."Be encouraged that if you are being drawn to the Messiah,it is the Messiah Himself drawing you near to Him.Be assured and reassured that the scope of your transgression, and my transgression, lies well beneath the power of the Messiah's ability to save, deliver, and restore.His life for your life ...He loves you.Your shoulder to my shoulder, I'm with you.Have a merciful and Merry Christmas ...For there is no other.------"For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord."Luke 2:11
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