Sin

The Work of Healing

Acts 10:38 "He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him."

These words are a summary of Jesus' ministry. The four gospels overflow with accounts of those healed by His loving hand. Some were upset that Jesus claimed the authority to forgive sin. But Jesus answered, "Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins... . He said to the paralysed man, 'Get up, take your mat and go home'" (Luke 5:23-24). 

God Will Finish His Work

Philippians 1:6 "I always pray... confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

In six days God completed His creation. On the seventh day He rested, for "the heavens and the earth were completed." In Christians God has begun another work -- that of creating them anew in Christ. Will He finish also this work? 

Jesus, Our Brother

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Hebrews 2:11

Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters; despite the horrible way some people treated Him while He walked on the earth. He endured torment in order to make us holy, so that we might be welcomed into His heavenly kingdom without stain or blemish or the effects of sin. Jesus endured the cross because He loves us and wants us to live together as a family for eternity. It is the most joyous meaning of the Christmas season that God became one of us to redeem us from the curse of the law; but that is not our only joy. 

Real Comfort

What if you believed that this Christmas you would receive “double for all your sins.” Would you find that comforting? You might say, “That depends … double what?” If it were double the punishment, then you would surely not take comfort. However, as God proclaims the coming of the Saviour of the world through the words of Isaiah, He brings comfort indeed.