Wishing you a Merry Christmas as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. He’s not only the reason for the season, but also the reason for creation and history.
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Here’s the last devotional of Joy to the World:
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:8
When Adam and Eve believed the devil’s lie over God’s truth, sin, misery, and death entered the human race, affecting all of us. Mankind aligned itself with God’s enemy, following him in his rebellion. Paul wrote that we, by nature, are “following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience . . .” (Eph. 2:2). There’s no neutral ground. We are either fully aligned with the devil or we’ve become part of God’s family through Jesus.
When sin entered the human race, God gave genuine hope amidst darkness, devastation, and death: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). He promised a Deliverer who would reverse the effects of sin.
Christmas is about spiritually dead people made spiritually alive and forever enjoy Jesus’ victory on their behalf. Paul wrote that as follows: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Col. 2:13-15). In His death He was victorious, destroying “the works of the devil.” That’s the reason He was born—to redeem, reconcile, and restore us.
While we still live in a fallen world, we can be forgiven and reconciled with our Maker. We’ll also have His promise that there will be “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). We will then forever enjoy His glorious victory without any trace of sin or sorrow. That’s what Christmas is all about!
The Devotional Writer