Day 24 - The Birth of Christ
Read Luke 2:1-20.
Reflect and celebrate!
Day 25 - The Resurrection and Our Future
Read Romans 6:4.
In the past month, we’ve looked at several aspects of who Jesus is and how the whole Bible—not just the passages that mention “Jesus” in them—points to hope in Him. We’re so privileged to be on this side of the Old and New Testaments, so we not only have tiny little glimpses of hope into Jesus coming, but we have all kinds of glimpses from the Old Testament plus all kinds of stories of things He actually said and did. Sometimes we forget that Jesus is a person, not just a character in a story. When we pray, we’re not just sending a message to a recording machine but we are talking to a person! What a privilege!
The shocking thing about the story we’ve been reading this month—and hopefully now you’ve seen that it’s all one big story—is that God not only allows us but invites us to be part of this story! Jesus was born, lived a perfect life, died for sin, was buried, and on the third day rose again. And His death and resurrection actually affects us in every way, as we read in today’s verse. When He died, the sin of His people was on Him (even though we weren’t born yet.) And when He rose, it’s like we got a piggyback-ride into resurrected life as well, because now we get to have new life. Eternal life starts whenever we believe in Jesus, because Jesus said in John 17 that eternal life is knowing God. But once we leave our earthly bodies, things get truly great.
The book of Revelation shows us some really exciting pictures of what the people of God will be doing for all eternity.
Let’s read Revelation 21:1-5:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
Praise Jesus that He is the One on the throne making all things new, that our life forever with Him will be full of more joy than we can imagine. If you do not belong to Jesus, I beg that you think about it and truly pray and ask God to help you believe in Him.
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