Romans 3:22 God’s Righteousness
Hebrews 10:14 Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified
Brothers and sisters, Christmas is the time of the year when the pressure to be perfect intensifies. You and I, imagine the perfect celebration and then put forth our best effort to make it happen.
1. We shop for the perfect gift.
2. We put up the perfect Christmas Tree.
3. We plan the perfect Christmas Day meal.
4. We choose the perfect greeting cards and or gifts.
5. We write the perfect family letter.
Sometimes our striving leads to discouragement and disappointment when our ability to imagine perfection exceeds our ability to implement it.
1. The carefully chosen gift for our love ones, receives only halfheartedly thank you.
2. Part of the meal did not come out like we wanted.
3. We find a typo in our Christmas greetings and or the family letter after we have mailed them out.
4. Children fight over toys.
5. Adults resurrect old arguments.
Instead of being discouraged, we can use our disappointment to remind ourselves of the reason Christmas is so important. You and I need Christmas because none of us is or can be all that we want to be, not for a month, a week, or even a day. How meaningful our Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth would be if we would give up our faulty concept of perfection, then FOCUS instead on the perfection of our Savior, in whom we are made righteous.
Romans 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe, for there is no difference.
In other words, God revealed to people how they should live, but no one can live up to God’s perfect way.
If your Christmas celebration this year, is less than ideal, relax and let it be a reminder that the only way to be made perfect is:
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
In other words, the finished work of Christ in dying for sin once for all (read Hebrews 10:10) has perfected (read Hebrews 10:1) forever those who are being sanctified, that is, those who have been set apart to God (Hebrews 10:10). NOTICE that the sanctification spoken of in v. 10 is positional; it refers to our justification, the fact that we have been declared righteous. However, in this verse, sanctification refers to the gradual process by which we as believers are being made more and more perfect.
1. What expectations do you have for this Christmas Season?
2. Are your expectations idealistic or realistic?
Brothers and sisters, think about what you can do to FOCUS more on Christ and the meaning of His birth.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries