Advent Day 17

Sorry for the late hour.  Today and tomorrow are two days that are very special to me, as I volunteer in a ministry each Christmas that helps so many families.  My blog trains are already set to go live at midnight, but tomorrow’s Advent gift will be a bit later.  Thursday I should be back on track to finish out the week earlier in the day.  Thank you for your patience.

Now for today’s devotional:

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah…” —Jeremiah 31:31

We have a great holy God, who is just.  We, as sinners, are separated from Him.  This is our main problem, however, God is also merciful and made this Promise five hundred years before Christ came.  This promise that he would make a new covenant with His people.  This covenant would be the main reason we celebrate Christmas. This Covenant was the Messiah.  This Messiah that would “move into our lives and write His will on our hearts” so that we can love, trust, and follow Him.

What an awesome Gift, and the Reason we celebrate.  Our sin and unrighteousness, which separates us from God, has been paid with the greatest sacrifice of all.  Can you even fathom how great it is that the holy and just God, who created the universe, has shown such kindness and mercy by putting our sin on His Son?

” Hebrews 9:28 says, “Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” Christ bore our sins in his own body when he died. He took our judgment. He canceled our guilt. And that means the sins are gone. They do not remain in God’s mind as a basis for condemnation. In that sense, he “forgets” them. They are consumed in the death of Christ. Which means that God is now free, in his justice, to lavish us with the new covenant. He gives us Christ, the greatest Reality in the universe, for our enjoyment. And he writes his own will—his own heart—on our hearts so that we can love Christ and trust Christ and follow Christ from the inside out, with freedom and joy.”   -Piper

Take the time to share the greatest gift imaginable with someone else.

Now for today’s Advent Gift:

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