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Advent 2013: Day

Righteousness through Christ

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Today's Text: Romans 3:21-28, John 1:1-5, John 1:14-18

Text: Romans 3:21-28, John 1:1-5, John 1:14-18

Righteousness By the Law of Faith Through Christ

Reflection

“It had to happen this way. Only in the complete identification with our flesh could Christ be the second Adam, the perfect man that Adam was not.”
– Joseph “Skip” Ryan

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
– John 1:17, ESV

The Word always was. He “was” in the beginning. He was with God and He was God. He was life, He was the light of men.

And then.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14a, ESV)

It is not an easy thing to wrap one’s head around, that Christ, the Word, has no past or future tense. He always was, He always will be. St. Augustine said of Christ, “He ‘was’ before his own flesh; he created his own mother. He chose her in whom he should be conceived, he created her of whom he should be created.” Wow. My mind reels at the thought.

And it only gets crazier from here.

Not only did He come to us – a living version of the Old Testament tabernacle where God literally dwelt with His people – He became us.

When Christ put on our flesh, He put on our weakness. The immortal put on the whole of mortality for us.

It had to happen like this.
We had to have a substitution.
The law of God’s holiness had to be fulfilled.

And it would be, but not by us.

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Prayer

Jesus, thank you for being who we could not be. Thank you for entering into the messiness that is human life so that you could know, in the flesh, all that we know in our lives. Thank you for understanding us, for loving us, for being our good standing before our holy God. Thank you. Amen.

Advent Action

Write down all of the things you secretly believe give you a right standing before God. Then thank the Lord that your salvation does not depend on any of those things, but on His grace alone.

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved Christmas song for each day of our Advent plan. We invite you to listen to Welcome to Our World today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

Happy thanks to community member @ohhhchelsea for sharing her instagram image with us for the scripture print today.
  • megkwhit

    This plan has been awesome!! Every day I am more amazed and thankful for the grace that God gave us through his Son! As a bonus, every entry has been a great introduction to Christ!!

  • Today I am full of awe and gratitude. That the king of the entire world, who spoke the world into being, would step down and become a helpless babe in a dirty manger out of endless love for me. Not because of my works or anything I can do that I should boast, but solely because he chose and he so loved. Jesus, I am overwhelmed with awe and gratitude this morning.

  • The Advent action is what changed me too, jesusgirl71. How addicted I've become to self-blame, condemnation, and trying to do Good so that God will "love me more"! Over the past week, I've learned to accept the true grace of God and to acknowledge and worship Christ in his sacrifice so that i could receive this grace. PRAISE GOD that He would PURSUE us, that He would LOVE this world so much, as to die for every one of us- so that we can walk with and be righteous before our Father! Father, only YOU alone!!!

  • Carolynmimi

    These passages and devotional really drew me in and became my blog for the morning, so If you have time or inclination to read it, here is the link: http://wp.me/p3onjr-e8

    Love to you all. Come Lord Jesus Come.

  • jesusgirl71

    Wow! the Advent action was what really spoke to me. With my church situation, the first thing I thought of was going to church. But that won't do it either. neither will any of my other measley works. Wow!

  • Candacejo

    I am with all of you this morning….can't get past the WOW factor! And this song has all of a sudden become a Christmas song to me!

    He became sin, Who knew no sin
    That we might become His righteousness
    He humbled Himself and carried the cross
    Love so amazing! Love so amazing!

    Jesus Messiah, Name above all Names!
    Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel!
    The rescue for sinners, the ransom from heaven
    Jesus Messiah,
    Lord of all!
    http://youtu.be/f4whBsh9ovI

  • Hallelujah Nancy B!! So very happy for you!! Its a feeling like no other when you “get it.” Now your life will never be the same. There couldn’t be a better Christmas gift for you!

  • "Not only did He come to us – a living version of the Old Testament tabernacle where God literally dwelt with His people – He became us.
    When Christ put on our flesh, He put on our weakness. The immortal put on the whole of mortality for us."
    8 years of catholic school; 25+ years of going to church every Sunday morning and 53 years later – I GET IT. I finally finally understand what it all means. All those "words" I knew by heart and could "recite" without the book in front of me, actually mean something now.

  • MelissaB

    IKR, Joanne?!?? “Wow” is right! In fact, that is the word that has come to mind the most as I’ve been reading through these Advent devos! I am in awe…

  • Joanne Sher

    WOW. He always was. He made His own mother (what a thought!!!). Then He became us so we could be worthy of being in God's presences – through Him. Just wow.

  • There is no turning back

    This wasn’t a one time thing to be done and then everything would go back to the way it was. THIS IS ETERNAL. Jesus made a decision – the ultimate sacrifice – that would change Him forever and because of it, it changed the world but more importantly through faith it changes us. WHAT LOVE!

  • I have no "right" to stand before God. The only way I know I can is with Christ's loving arms around me, telling his Father that I have been granted that right through His love and grace. How amazing that He could love us that much.

  • I am always in awe when I think about this: that He was in the beginning, He was with God and He was God. Wow! Then He became human just to save us. I am so humbled by this and so thankful too.

    Thank you for this devotion and for your words. God bless you and SRT!

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