By TJ Johnson
Christmas is over (or at least soon to be, depending on when you are reading this).While we may officially celebrate the birth of Jesus only once a year, the GOOD NEWS that Jesus has come into our world should be celebrated year round.
The birth of a baby born in Bethlehem is NOT the end of the story.
Hebrews 9:22 tell us, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin”. This child in the manger must become the man on the cross, crucified among criminals outside the city. For the way in which this baby was to bring HOPE and JOY was through REDEMPTION.
Our redemption back to God is only possible through Jesus willing laying down His life(Galatians 3:13). This was the plan the baby came to accomplish, born to die that we might live.
Our life through His death.
Our joy through His suffering.
Our light through His darkness.
Our blessing through His curse.
While we might consider Christmas to be all light and hope and joy, Simeon reminds us that it is mixed with myrrh: “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed” (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also).
So, we CAN NOT end our series on hope and joy this Christmas season, for hope and joy make no sense apart from the redemption Jesus came to secure.