For many individuals, Christmas is primarily a time of bodily consumption, feeding our our bodies with a lot meals and different materials items. Could this even be a season of enormously wanted religious consumption, feeding our souls with the Phrase of God and the nice truths concerning the objective of Christ’s beginning.
To that finish, right here is considered one of my favourite Christmas verses:
“For you understand the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was wealthy, but in your sake he turned poor, so that you simply by his poverty may change into wealthy” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
As a result of Jesus left the glory of heaven, we’ve obtained religious items of infinite worth.
Forgiveness of our sins, rescue from the wrath of God, and reconciliation with the Father – these are however three of the various items that come from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, all as a result of He was keen and capable of enter our world. The everlasting God took on human flesh in order that we might obtain what solely He can present.
Forgiveness of Our Sins
Zechariah prophesied that his son John the Baptizer would “go on earlier than the Lord to arrange the way in which for him, to offer his individuals the information of salvation by way of the forgiveness of their sins, due to the tender mercy of our God” (Luke 1:76-77).
To forgive means to cancel a debt. Due to our sin, we’ve a debt so nice we will by no means pay it off. For this reason Jesus taught us to ask God to “Forgive us our money owed” (Matthew 6:12). As a result of God the Son was born to die for these sins, God the Father can cancel that debt. For many who consider in Jesus as their Debt Payer, ample fee is made on their behalf and the books of heaven now proclaim “Paid in Full.” Glory to God within the highest for this act of tender mercy!
Rescue from the Wrath of God
After studying that Mary was pregnant (and understanding that he was not the daddy), Joseph gave severe consideration to divorcing his bride-to-be. However God intervened and spoke to him by way of an angel who mentioned, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary house as your spouse, as a result of what’s conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She is going to give beginning to a son, and you’re to offer him the title Jesus, as a result of he’ll save his individuals from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).
The title “Jesus” means, actually, “the Lord saves/rescues/delivers.” The apostle John wrote that “The Father has despatched his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14), and Jesus is the one one who can save us from our sins. To be saved means to be rescued from imminent and catastrophic hazard. Our repeated violations of God’s regulation have put us in a most perilous predicament: God’s holiness calls for compliance with His excellent normal, and we fall far quick. We do not even come shut. Within the courtroom of heaven we’re responsible as charged, and the sentence has already been introduced: “The wages of sin is dying” (Romans 6:23). Our depravity deserves God’s simply punishment of dying — bodily dying (see Hebrews 9:27), religious dying (separation from God, see Isaiah 59:2) and the second dying (the everlasting lake of fireplace, see Revelation 21:8).
Sure, that is the plight of the unbelieving sinner. However in His infinite knowledge God has offered a approach to be rescued from His wrath. As a result of Jesus suffered and died on the cross, He obtained the punishment that we deserved. He took our place; He did our time; He paid our tremendous. And due to His dying, those that belief solely in Christ for salvation are miraculously delivered from the fireplace of hell. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable present!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Reconciliation with the Father
Our relationship with God has been in disrepair from Day One. We’re born in sin, separated from God for the reason that second we had been conceived. We do not change into sinners as a result of we’ve sinned. Reasonably, we sin as a result of we’re sinners, rotten to the core proper out of the gate. What baby wants coaching in unrighteousness?
And so we’re in determined want of reconciliation. And for reconciliation to happen, we’d like a Mediator, a go-between, somebody who can bridge the infinite gulf that exists between us and God. Who’s worthy for such a activity? Solely Jesus! “For there may be one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the person Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all individuals” (1 Timothy 2:5). As a result of He’s each Man and God, Jesus can stand within the hole. As soon as once more, we see that the dying of Christ is the idea for the work of Christ. As a result of He “gave himself as a ransom,” He pays the worth that units us free from bondage to sin and all its devastating penalties in each this life and the following.
The Apostle Paul explains this reconciliation completely: “For if, whereas we had been God’s enemies, we had been reconciled to him by way of the dying of his Son, how rather more, having been reconciled, we could be saved by way of his life! Not solely is that this so, however we additionally boast in God by way of our Lord Jesus Christ, by way of whom we’ve now obtained reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).
We had been God’s enemies. However due to the dying of His Son, we’ve been reconciled to the Father and now “we’ve peace with God” (Romans 5:1). We’re now not estranged and alienated from God. We will come into His presence, clothed within the righteousness of Christ. We now have limitless entry to our Maker, who reigns from the throne of grace, as a result of Jesus “suffered as soon as for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to convey you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Rejoice, Christian, rejoice! God the Son left the riches of heaven to lavish us with the priceless and incomparable items of His grace. Forgiveness of sins, rescue from God’s wrath, and reconciliation with the Father are awaiting you on Christmas day and ceaselessly.