How do you feel when you picture the sacrifices of the Old Testament in your mind? What does that picture tell you about your sin?
What does it mean for you personally that Jesus atoned for your sins on the cross? How do you think we should respond to such a sacrifice made on our behalf?
This year, who could you invite to join you for the first time at a Christmas Eve service or to celebrate in another way with you or your family?
How will you and your family celebrate Christmas?
O Christ, our High Priest, thank You for Your atonement for my sin. Your sacrifice has made a way for me to know You. Thank You for this gracious gift.
Father, I know that I have sinned against You. Help me to recognize sin for what it really is. My sin is ugly, it comes between us, and only leads to death. Through Jesus who took on my sin and died the death that I should have died, my past and future sins are forgiven! Our relationship is reconciled and I can call You my Father, Savior, Lord, and Friend.
May I rest in Your finished work. There is nothing more that I can do to earn Your love! May I practice being in Your presence. May I pursue You in my daily life just as You pursued me while on the cross. May I worship and never forget that You alone are my joy; You are Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.
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