December 24, 2014

Advent Adventure, Part 12

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)

As we come to the end or our Advent Adventure, it’s fitting that we end on the 12th Day of Christmas!  On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is traditionally lit.  This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior.  The prophet, Isaiah, tells us that those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.  How can He do it?  How can God make us white as snow?  I like the way The Message answers that question in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”  Jesus took all your sin and mine!  He died that we may live!  He became poor that we would be made rich!  The angel explained it to Joseph like this, …Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’” Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)  No Christmas gift could match what God offers you and me in Christ.  Sins forgiven and a home in Heaven!  Have you received the gift of Christmas?  If not, open it today!  Here’s how: The Bible says, “…to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (NIV)  Receive Jesus just as you would receive a gift from a friend.  Simply reach out and say thanks!  Thank Him for giving His life in your place. Thank Him for taking your sin to the cross and dying for you.  Thank Him for rising again to indwell you by His Spirit and give you eternal life!