Because we have been wrecked by sin and therefore fall short of God’s glory…
- We are sentenced to God’s just and right condemnation. Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin, or the penalty for idolatry is death. Death is a separation. When you die physically, you are separated from your loved ones, when you die spiritually, you are separated from God, your maker. If we stopped there, the message would be very bleak, but the beauty of Christmas is that God doesn’t stop there.
- God sent Jesus to:
- Show us God’s Glory: John 1; Hebrews 1
- Absorb God’s wrath: 1 John (Jesus is our Propitiation)
- Provide eternal life: John 3:16
- Reconcile us to God: 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”
- Create eternal, soul-satisfying joy: John 6:35 shows us the words of Jesus, “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” John 15:11 reminds us as well, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
How does one become a participant or a partaker in complete or full joy? We will look at that tomorrow.