Charles Stanley – Matthew 1:18-25
Today’s devotional is from the pen of long time pastor from First Baptist Atlanta, Dr. Charles Stanley. Dr. Stanley has been at First Baptist since 1971.
See you Sunday,
Our text Sunday is Matthew 1:18-25
No One but Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18–25
This is the “stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.” Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The humble entrance into the world by Jesus does not instantly conjure up images of power and authority. Yet it was the beginning of God’s plan to save the world from its sin. That is power and authority. No one but Jesus could bring about such a radical change in people’s lives. It is through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ that we can enter into a relationship with God.
Sleeping in a manger, Jesus may not have looked like He had the beginnings of a man who would transform the world forever, but He did. He wasn’t just another baby. In a challenging sermon given by Peter to the religious rulers and leaders following Jesus’ death and resurrection, he explained why this man named Jesus was so different: “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11–12).
Jesus’ birth began fulfilling the prophecies of His coming from years past. And His impending life would do the same, helping the world realize its need for a Savior and recognizing that it was through Him that they could obtain eternal life. No other but Jesus would become a man who would reshape history.
Father, the cornerstone of Your kingdom was once a baby in a lowly manger. Thank You that Your sacrifice and the human faithfulness over the millennia that have brought the gospel from Bethlehem to me were known to You from the beginning of creation.