On Wednesday I shared a summary of Pastor Larry Scott’s three part message about the night Jesus was born.
- His first cry was the beginning of the end of Satan’s reign here on earth.
- God was saying redemption had come.
- Hope was restored, and we didn’t have to live in fear and sorrow anymore.
And then at our Christmas Eve service, Pastor Larry added another element of Hope: On the day of Christ’s resurrection, hope was revealed.
Hope was revealed when Jesus overcame death and the grave. It was the crowning glory, the last step of God’s plan for grace for all who believe in Him.
And Jesus Himself confirmed it. After He rode into Jerusalem, celebrated as king, He again predicted His death, and confirmed it was the very the reason He was born:
‚ÄúNow my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‚ÄėFather, save me from this hour‚Äô? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!‚ÄĚ Then a voice came from heaven, ‚ÄúI have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:27-28a (NIV)
So as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s not forget that His birth was only the first step. A step that brought God to earth in the form of a baby…progressed to His death and resurrection…and revealed the completion of redemption.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
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