Embrace Your Christmas Pardon

Every person came into this world in a bit of a pickle. We were all tangled up in something called sin, a mess we couldn’t possibly clean up ourselves. Sounds a bit grim, right? It’s a bit like when you’ve made a kitchen disaster trying to cook a complex recipe. Except, this disaster had serious consequences. We were headed for the exit, destined to die.

We have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.

  Hebrews 4:15-16 GNT

But wait, let’s not hang our heads just yet. After all, you’re something pretty special. You’re God’s grandest creation, an extraordinary blend of emotions, dreams, talents and possibilities. Without a divine rescue mission, all this amazing potential would have been lost. Imagine losing a beautiful masterpiece to a careless accident – what a shame that would be!

Thankfully, God had a different plan. He looked at you, saw your mess and instead of walking away, He extended grace. Just like that favorite aunt who steps in to save your disastrous cooking experiment, God came in with a saving grace – an eternal one.

God looked at you, saw your mess and instead of walking away, He extended grace.

And then came the miracle of Christmas. A child, Jesus, God’s only Son, was born. He is your Christmas pardon, your divine rescue mission. His birth meant new beginnings, not just for the world, but for you.

Let God’s grace soak in. Pause for several minutes and make some time to truly appreciate this extravagant gift.

Today’s One Thing

Show grace to someone else today. Is there someone who could do with a bit of kindness, some understanding or a second chance? Maybe a friend, a family member or even that grumpy neighbor. Extend them some of the grace you’ve received and spread the Christmas spirit all year round!

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