Sometimes I think people see the baby in the Manger and believe that is the end of the story. If that is all we see, we have missed the point. The baby Jesus is the “kick off” of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. Next, comes the cross and Jesus’s death on our behalf. He took our sins and gave us His righteousness, so that when God looks at us instead of our sins, He sees His perfectly blameless Son. That’s the great exchange! However, that is not the end, either. Jesus is coming back! He is coming for His people! That is the beautiful HOPE we have in Christ Jesus! That is the gift of Christmas! Pray you live in hopeful anticipation…daily preparing for the grandest day…the second coming of our Savior…today and always!
So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.