At Crestview, we’ve been studying Emmanuel this Advent season. And, I love how we finally get the full story in Matthew’s part of the Christmas story. Here’s what we read:
Read Isaiah 1:11, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 1:29, Hebrews 9:11-14, Hebrews 10:1-14
And, above all, this Advent season, focus in on the amazing gift of a sacrifice given for you: Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Romans 5:6 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (ESV)
Think of this, especially this Advent season, God intersected time and space at just the right moment. It was just the right time for a Savior to come and rescue people. He didn’t come for those who had their act together. He came and demonstrated His love for us–while we were still sinners. Let the longing you know in your heart this Advent this season be filled by the one who never misses an appointment or gets the timing wrong. God’s timing is right. At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.
There’s an amazing truth in John 12. Jesus is preparing to go to the cross and asking the Father to glorify His name. The Father replies, “I have glorified and I will glorify it again.” Today, be humbled by this reality from John 12:28, that Jesus going to the cross was for the Father’s glory. We’re roped into this through our salvation. Glorify Him today for this amazing news.
Occasionally, I post snippets of Gospel truth on Friday mornings to encourage hearts. Today, drink deep of this reality:
 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (ESV)
There’s amazing news throughout the Bible. And, one of the lines we could travel would be the see how God worked through His Word to show us the amazing salvation we enjoy. God promised Abraham that in him, all the nations of the world would be blessed. And, today, those of us who believe are blessed because we have the same kind of faith that Abraham had: he believed God and God counted him as righteous.
Today, rest in Christ and bank all your hope in Him. And you will be among the blessed.