The Christmas Gift
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us.
The word condemnation comes from legal language. Once the law is broken, a search for evidence of the truth begins, evidence is presented, and litigation usually leads to a decision of exoneration or guiltiness. The verdict either frees the defendant from all accounts for which they were accused or holds them accountable to the lawful consequences for the trespass. Vindication or condemnation is the final outcome.
Every single one of us came into this world imprisoned by sin, condemned to die. Without the benefits of eternal salvation, God’s greatest creation would be lost. But for the grace of God, the birth of a child and God’s only Son, allowed for each one of us to receive a Christmas pardon.
Jesus, born that first Christmas eve, the greatest gift of all. Through His death, burial and resurrection, He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He stood in our place; He took our punishment so that we could go free. We have hope because through the gift of salvation, God declared us not guilty, freed us from sin and gave us His power to do His will.
Today’s One Thing
Purposefully take time to express your thankfulness to God today for the gift you’ve been given through Christ Jesus.