The Other Side of Christmas: December 4

The Defeat of Sin   

December 4, 2019
by Charlotte Vazquez  

Titus 3:3-7 (NIV) 
“At one time we were too foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of our God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
As Paul describes in Titus 3:3, we were foolish people characterized by disobedience, envy, malice, and hate. We were so deep into our sin that we couldn’t climb out of it on our own; we had no hope.
But then, our Savior appeared. He left His heavenly throne to save His children from their own sin. He saved us, not because of any of our righteous acts, but because of His mercy. This is why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate the fact that not even the darkest of sin can separate us from our Miraculous Savior.  
 
However, sin has not left the earth; it’s still here⁠—tempting us every day. But because of the kindness and love of Jesus, we are no longer defined by our sin. We are no longer characterized by our evil, for we are made new in Christ, and we are now His children. Christmas is a whole lot more than the stress and chaotic season that comes with it. However, even as Christians, we sometimes miss the greater meaning. Jesus came and stripped sin of its grip on us, saved our broken world, restored our hope in eternal life, and made all old things new again by His Spirit⁠. We are transformed.  
 
Let’s be a church fully focused on the miraculous mercies of God and how we can spread His love this Christmas, and all the days of the year. Let’s shift our focus this holiday season and praise Jesus’ defeat of sin!  
 
RESPOND 
Shift your focus. Tell someone today of Christ’s kindness and His mercy on us. It can be anyone:  a friend, a coworker, a stranger, or you can even remind a fellow Christian. As a church, let’s start seeing this season as one of thanks and praise by openly thanking God in our daily life by spreading His truth to others.
 
PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You so much for coming into this broken world and saving our hearts from the suffering of sin. We are undeserving of Your love but You so graciously love us anyways. You are so merciful, Lord. Help us to focus on Your goodness this holiday season, and to be vessels for Your will. Help us to focus less on the material aspect of this holiday, and more on Your glory. We love You God, in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
About the author:
Charlotte Vazquez 

Charlotte is a senior at Colonial Forge High School. She began attending Stafford Crossing in November of 2018. She is a part of Fusion Student Ministry and now is starting to serve regularly in Kids Crossing.