‘Listen, O High priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.’ Zechariah 3:8-9
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
I’ve always loved Christmas. The tree, the lights, the music, the joy…what a wonderful thing to celebrate our Redeemer’s advent on earth. But the thing that I love most about Christmas is the amazing love of God. For Christmas is really all about the cross. From the angel’s announcement to Joseph it was clear that as amazing as the birth of God in the flesh was, it wasn’t the birth that was the focus, it was the purpose of the advent. It is the very meaning of His name! He would save his people from their sins. His death would remove the power of sin, in a single day, in a single act, but the sacrifice began at the manger. That overwhelming love, giving of Himself, being made in human likeness, being born with the cross in mind, dying that we might live, THAT is worth all the praise and glory and wonder that we can give to Him. What a wonderful gift. What a wonderful Savior.