Greeting: In the name of the Savior, Jesus, a blessed Christmas Eve to you all.
Text: Thomas said to Jesus, “How can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way.”
Introduction: This year the children of the church wish you a “Very Sola Christmas.” The theme of our Children’s Christmas Eve service is going to need some explanation. You will hear a bit of it from me right now. You will hear more about it from the children later throughout the service.
The word “sola” is the descriptive word for our celebration of the Savior’s birth. It is a word from the Latin language, the language that was commonly used by our spiritual ancestors before and during the time of the Reformation in the 1500’s. The word “sola” means “alone” or “only”. If we wanted to paraphrase the word in a phrase, we might us the term “all by itself.”
The word “sola” or “only” is an important word that describes the precious teachings God has given us that teach us about His wonderful way of saving us from our sin and the doom of eternal death. We observe Christmas as the birth of our Savior, who was sent by God to rescue sinners. We are sinners who need that rescue. We need to know about the way God is pleased to rescue us. God’s way is the “Sola” way, the only way.
There are several ways to consider “God’s Only Way.” There are 5 major Biblical principles that you will be hearing about in the service. They are the 5 main “only” teachings:
- There is only 1 source of spiritual authority and belief: Scripture
- There is only 1 Savior: Jesus Christ
- There is only 1 reason God has for saving us: Grace
- There is only 1 means by which we have our Savior: Faith
- There is only 1 great purpose for our life: Glory to God
The other consideration about God’s Only Way is that it is the only way of salvation. There is only one way. There are no other possibilities. If you or I do not follow this way, we cannot be saved.
God’s Only way of saving us is not the natural way that people think. It is the supernatural way that God must teach us through the Holy Spirit working through God’s Word. This Christmas Eve, the children will be our teachers of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit will be the one persuading us to learn it anew. May God bless you as you listen to, learn about and rejoice in the God who is please to give us His Word so He can save by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ so we may live to His glory. Amen.