Sunday, December 21, 2014

Remembering the Incarnation - December 21, 2014

John 3:16-17 (New International Version, ©2010)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

As we celebrate the fourth Sunday before the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are mindful of the love God showed to us. Even now God's love is extended to all of His creation through the "incarnation", the embodiment of God the Son in human flesh, Jesus Christ. He has given us a magnificent gift to be our King, our High Priest, and our Savior.

We need a King to reign supremely over our lives, because without one we would falter and be brought down by our sin. Our King Jesus gives us His example of how we are to live and treat one another, and because of His sacrifice we strive to live a right and faithful life, serving others before ourselves.

We need a High Priest to act as our intercessor and our advocate, standing on our behalf before the throne of God. He is continually appealing our case before the Father so that we might be seen righteous through Him. He also guides and instructs us as we serve through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that we might grow and mature as we prepare for eternity.

We need a Savior, because on our own we are destined to perish for the sins we commit in this life. Our Holy God requires payment for sin so that justice and righteousness can prevail over this world and the next. We need to always recognize that He has paid the price for us, and in doing so deserves our highest praise and thanksgiving.

As you contemplate these days just before celebrating his birth, take time to meditate on these purposes of Jesus, and God's will for your life as you serve Him, our King, our High Priest, and our Savior.

Painting of The Nativity, by John Singleton Copley 1776-1777

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