The Other Side of Christmas: December 7

First Morning Snow      

December 7, 2019
by Paul and Sarah McIntosh     

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
One of my favorite parts about an overnight winter snow is waking up in the morning and seeing how clean and fresh everything looks. It is amazing how a few inches of snow can make everything look so new. However, as the day goes on, the plows start working, the kids build snowmen, and the family pet goes outside in the yard a few times.  Just as quickly as the snow was perfect and clean, the snow is now black, brown, and yellow. What once was so pretty is now dirty and becomes a huge mess.
Just like that early morning snow cover, we all start in this world looking pure and clean. However, it doesn’t take long for sin to take over and make things a real mess. When I look back at the life of Jesus, I am always in awe of the fact that He had absolutely no sin. No matter what this world hurled at Him, He never reacted in sin: no bad thoughts, no ill will, no giving in to temptations. It sounds about as impossible as keeping that first morning snow cover completely clean and unaltered for a lifetime. However, God did the impossible. He gave us the gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His pure and sin-free son. He who was void of all sin, took on our sin so that we may spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.
As the Christmas season approaches, I can’t imagine a world without the gift of Christ. Today’s verse helps us to understand what a profound sacrifice God gave so that we could be cleansed of our sins. I hope that as you prepare your heart for the Christmas season you can see how blessed we are to have been given such an amazing gift.

RESPOND
Spend time today imagining how incredible Jesus was to live a life totally devoid of sin. As the Christmas season approaches, we can remember this amazing gift when the hustle and bustle threaten to let our sins take over. If you haven’t accepted Christ into your heart, take time in prayer asking for a deeper understanding of the gift of Christ and for a relationship with Him.

PRAY
Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Son. We are so thankful that You sent Him down to live a life without sin so that He could become our sin and we might live eternally with You. As we celebrate the Christmas season, we ask that You help us to keep this reminder of what a true gift You gave us.
 
About the authors:
Paul and Sarah McIntosh  
 
Paul and Sarah McIntosh have been coming to Stafford Crossing for the past 4 years. Paul is a Pediatrician and Sarah is a Pediatric Physical Therapist. Sarah serves at the Connections Desk and helps lead worship in Kids Crossing. Paul serves in the Fusion Student Ministry with the 6th grade boys.