I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. It is a 26 day journey ending on Christmas Day.
Day 24 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled His Offering for Sin.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)Christmas is a celebration of a new life in this world. A new life-giving Spirit that brings freedom. A baby who would grow into manhood just like any other man. But this man, Jesus, would show us exactly what true freedom looks like. Freedom that is rooted in truth. Not freedom that says we can do anything we want, anytime, anyway, & anyplace, but a freedom that goes deep into our soul and releases us from the grip of sin, failure, and mistakes. This release has the power to also free us from the feelings of guilt and condemnation. A freedom that changes everything.
Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and for the true freedom you have brought into my life. A freedom that counts!
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.