Listen to this devotional:
John 1:17 – For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NIV)
My hometown has become a medical centre for the southwestern part of the state in which I live. In fact, the medical profession is the largest business in our area, creating jobs and bringing outsiders in. People from other areas come here to take advantage of the diagnostic equipment available. These people come to find out what their problems are, because without a diagnosis, they cannot seek a cure.
We have been given the Bible to help us diagnose our spiritual illnesses. It tells us about the first people, Adam and Eve, who lived perfect lives in the Garden of Eden, a paradise on earth.
Genesis 2:16-17 – And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die." (NIV)
Being tempted to eat regardless, they disobeyed God, they were banished from the garden for their sin, and their relationship with God died.
Later, God, our great Physician, gave the law to Moses to save us from our sins. But attempting to keep the law was not adequate to do this, because all the law does is show us how sinful we are. Finally, God sent His Son to do that which the law had not accomplished: to save us from sin.
Matthew 1:21 – She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (NIV)
Like Adam and Eve, we have all sinned. The law told us how to live, but even the great law-giver, Moses, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Only when Jesus Christ came that first Christmas as an innocent, sinless baby born of a virgin, grew up, told people about God's saving grace, and was crucified on the cross for our sins, was the method of salvation established.
Jesus took our sins upon Himself, and suffered the agonies of crucifixion on a cross that we might be saved.
Prayer: Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who was sent to us that first Christmas to save us from our sins. Amen.