Christmas was just a few short days ago and my family is still running high with excitement. While we love the holiday season, we aren’t looking forward to the long and cold winter months that now loom ahead. Here (in Western New York) we are guaranteed winter weather but, while the cold seems to linger longer than necessary, there is no denying the breathtaking beauty of a fresh snowfall. The way it clings to the trees and sparkles in the sun. Its spotlessness is bright and mesmerizing.
I can’t help but wonder if Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and all who were part of that first Christmas had this same feeling when they first saw Jesus? Did His purity reflect off the faces of those who first welcomed him on earth?
With snow, you fear making any kind of movement because, the second you touch it, the elegance is diminished. The stains and imprints left behind are obvious and unattractive. That is us. That is sin. But that was not Jesus! Jesus came to earth pure and without sin and He left this earth pure and without sin.
We, on the other hand, come before the throne of God broken and defective. Yet here, in our ugliness, Jesus lovingly transforms us into something beautiful. His purity, His perfectness, covers our own shortcomings.
We cannot redeem ourselves or those we love. God knew we needed a rescuer and Jesus willingly offered Himself. His earthly life was not easy. He was rejected, He was mocked, He was beaten, and He was killed. Christmas isn’t just about Jesus’ birth in a manger. It’s about His life and how, through His death, heaven was made possible for each of us. It’s about grace. God’s amazing grace!
Thanks for joining us on our Advent journey. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
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“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool…” – Isaiah 1:18 NIV