Advent Day 26: Joy – Gospel in Life

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Advent Day 26: Joy

FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT – THURSDAY December 28, 2023


READ Colossians 1:13-20
Paul describes Jesus as the firstborn over all creation. He rescues us from the dominion of darkness. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

REFLECT
Paul gives us an amazing picture of who the baby Jesus is. In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

What a depiction of Christ, when we stop to consider the fullness of his glory—his birth is the height of his glory! This was true when he was born — in a stable — God became man for our salvation.

When we see Jesus as the firstborn over all creation, the meaning of his birth takes on a deeper and life altering meaning because Christ has come into the world to reconcile us to the Father! In His birth we can celebrate that our salvation has come. What joy it is to meditate on the savior of the universe coming to earth as a baby to save us from our sins and restore us to the Father through his life and death on the cross!

PRAY
Jesus, even as a baby born in a manger you had all the fullness of God dwelling in you. Let the reality of your deity change the way I think about your birth and what it means that you came into the world fully God and fully man. Thank you for salvation from sin that you made possible by entering this world.

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