Celebrating The Glorious News

December 24, 2012

Friends,
Christmas Eve…  A day of anticipation…  The eve before the culmination of the season’s celebrations… the celebration of God, in Christ Jesus, having come to earth.  What Good News it was and is that He came!  What if He had not?

Today let’s think about that for a few minutes.  Because had God not come to earth –to live, to die, to rise victorious– this earth would be a much greater disaster than it is at present.  (In fact, by now, we’d likely have destroyed ourselves.)  However, though the world does groan under much evil and hardships, can we imagine how awful the situation if no one had ever, down through history, been delivered from their sins, from the power of the evil realm, or from the eternal condemnation they bring?  What a horrible thought!

But, the Glorious Gospel has brought us the knowledge of the One who came to earth and changed what could’ve been.  For though we were spiritually dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1) and thus objects of God’s wrath (v. 3) as we followed the world and the rebel god of this age (v. 2), as well as the cravings and thoughts of the sinful nature (v. 3), God, through Christ Jesus, saved us.  (v. 5)  He did this because of His immense love for us, and through His mercy and grace.  (v. 5-8)

It is through the blood of Christ shed on the cross that we who believe and repent are reconciled to the Holy God.  (Rom. 3:25 // Eph. 2:13)  For in becoming one with Christ in spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), we are not only reconciled (2 Cor. 5:19), but are made righteous (v. 21), holy temples which God dwells in by His Spirit.  (1 Cor. 3:16)  But, if anyone defiles God’s temple through deliberate and continuous sin, God will destroy that one who shows Him such wicked contempt.  (v. 17 // Heb. 10:26-31)

Since, through Christ, we’ve been given all we need for living as holy, undefiled temples of God (2 Peter 1:3,4), we are certainly to live up to that holiness.  (1 Thes. 4:7 // Heb. 12:14)  For when Christ triumphed over the grave, He triumphed over all the evil realm (Col. 2:15), destroyed the devil’s work (1 John 3:8), took away our sins (v. 5 // John 1:29), and gave us His own Spirit to indwell us and rule us (Rom. 8:9), through whom we are able to fully meet the righteous expectations of God.  (v. 4)

This is the beautiful, powerful, wonderful Gospel.  And it came about because “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

This is what everyone should be joyfully celebrating.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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