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Devotional - week of December 26, 2010


JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE

 

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  1 John 4:9

 

While the accounts of the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke are beautiful and well known, they do not tell the full story of the coming of Jesus to live on this earth. One of the passages that adds to the birth of Jesus is 1 John 4:9. Jesus came into the world that we might live.

 

The birth of Jesus was just the beginning of a series of events in the life of Jesus that have made it possible that we might live. He died on the cross. He was raised from the dead. He went back to heaven. He poured out the Holy Spirit.

 

Through the shed blood of Jesus we have the forgiveness of sins. We entered into a relationship and fellowship with God—a great resource of life. Through our forgiveness, we were set free from guilt. We have received forgiveness multiple times since our conversion experience. Forgiveness of sins is a huge part of the life Jesus gives.

 

Matthew, Mark and Luke all quote Jesus saying that the blood shed on the cross brought into being a new covenant. Other New Testament passages state that the new covenant is a covenant of the Holy Spirit. It is the covenant that makes righteousness possible. It is the covenant that results in freedom from the power of sin in our lives. It is the covenant that assures us of the glory of God upon us in this life and the life to come. The old covenant brought “death.” The new covenant gives “life.”

 

After He returned to heaven, Jesus poured out into the lives of believers the Holy Spirit who produces in us the abundant life. Upon His return into heaven, Jesus was established as the High Priest of believers. This means that He prays for us. We have no idea of all this means in giving us the abundant life.

 

When Jesus died as The Last Adam, He made it possible for believers to experience their crucifixion, burial and resurrection which results in experiencing the abundant life.