“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” (John 3:16-17, MSG).
After all the hurried decorating, shopping, visiting, wrapping presents, and holiday parties, we wait in anticipation for the true meaning of Christmas. Bells have rung out their message of peace while we have busied ourselves with the fun of the season. The world has rushed and hurried into the busy celebration. We have sung Christmas carols, but with the last caroler's fading voice, and the final bell's echoing resonance, all is quiet with the hope of what this season means. We wait breathlessly for the promise of hope for the world.
That promise of hope is in a baby born, not to condemn us but to save us. In one incredibly miraculous moment in God's great plan, Jesus Christ came into our world as an innocent child. He grew in God's wisdom and understanding. Completely human yet also wholly God, He understood our pain and suffering. He knew the gift of His life was the only way to pay the debt for our sins. Jesus gave His life for you and for me without hesitation. I stand in awe of His sacrifice and amazing gift of righteousness! He did not stay in the grave. He rose to live again, and He lives in me. His righteousness has taken the place of my sin! Jesus is my Christmas promise that my old sinful nature is forever gone, and I am a thoroughly washed clean by His grace. I am free!
Lord Jesus, I am in awe of your mind-blowing grace―that you would give your life for mine—that you, who had no sin, would tear my sin from me! My mind yearns to fathom the depths of the gift of your righteousness. My heart rejoices in its promise! You came into the world to pay my debt for sin so I might be free from the pain of suffering, illness, guilt, and shame. I praise you for your continued peace and joy amid life's ups and downs. Thank you for your revelations of grace I discover in your Word—for this journey in life that continually amazes me. You are my peace each day, and my joy in each moment. Use me, Lord Jesus, to share your gift of love. Fill me to write as I have never written.
Jesus, you cried out, “it is finished!” Your gift of grace lives forever in me.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher