Noah’s father believed in the promised Savior. He was looking for that Savior and hoping to see Him. The Bible describes this hope for us. “Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son. Now he called his name Noah, saying, ‘This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed’” (Genesis 5:28-29). Yes, when Noah was born, Lamech thought Noah was the Savior. And Noah was a savior. Noah built an ark that saved his family from the flood.
But Noah was only a picture of the promised Savior. The promised Savior, Jesus Christ, was to save people from the flood of sin. The angel told Joseph, “You shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Sin and guilt are a heavy burden. And we become weary when we carry such a burden. But forgiveness brings rest. This is why Christ gives the invitation: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Are you weary from the burden of sin and guilt? Come to the Christ of Christmas. “This one shall give us rest” (Genesis 5:29).
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