2nd Sunday in Advent Meditation

1 John 3:5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

As we continue our journey through Advent, it behooves us to keep our eye on the utterly destructive reason Christ needed to come into the world: our sin. Difficult as this may be to accept or address, to fully grasp the problem in our hearts is to ultimately find unbounded joy in the prospect of the Lord’s arrival!

Our fallen nature causes most people to underestimate the effects of sin on everything around us and in us. In the most extreme form, it is always everyone else’s fault and never our own. Making light of sin causes us to be unable to see our vital need for the only One who can save. Many individuals genuinely don’t believe it’s a problem. However, in reality, this problem is so great, so unfixable by us, that it necessitated a divine solution. Jesus became incarnate to remove the devastating consequences of our sin. Sin is nothing less than our mutiny against the laws of God. It is every act, thought, presupposition of our own will which has purposefully moved away from the Lord’s intended purpose or ideal for us – especially as those made in his image. Even in its most seemingly benign form, sin creates an uncrossable void in our relationship between us and God. Because of this, we become rightfully fearful of God’s judgment and wrath. Yet, the insideous consequences of our rebellion go far beyond our relationship with the Almighty. It also indelibly taints our relationships with those closest to us and our fellowman. All of Creation moans under this plague.

Christ (Immanuel: God with us), is the wondrous solution to all of this!

Through our faith in him, he takes the burden of our sin which should have been upon us, and lifts it’s crushing weight from our shoulders! By his death on the cross, his shed blood, our sins are cast away as far as the east is from the west. Our nearness to our heavenly Father is once again restored.

Here is what the gift of Christ’s birth did for you:

1 Tim 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Titus 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

1 Pet 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

Outside of His incarnation, none are saved, none are redeemed, and none are healed. None will experience the gracious and merciful love of God.

Was Jesus’ birth important? You better believe it. What a gift to be thankful for this Christmas!

In His glorious love,

John