Monday, December 17, 2001
Here I am. I have come to give my life.
Before the coming of Christ to this world, the Hebrews depended on the covenant that God made with Moses. The Jews made regular blood sacrifices to God for absolution of their sins. In Old Testament times, those annual offerings and sacrifices of bulls and goats were simply concealing the sin of those believers. Going through those annual motions reminded them, bitterly, of their disobedience rather than relieving them of it.
In contract, when we go through many of the annual "motions" associated with a hectic Christmas season, we could stop for a second when shopping, mailing, rushing, wrapping, or whatever. Let every gift we see serve as a sweet reminder of that most perfect gift God gave us once, a long time ago.
Jesus' life and death put an end to the necessity of sacrificial offerings; this once and for all gift obliterated the old customs. Let us always remember that we are constantly receiving God's perfect gift.
Prayer: Our gracious f ather, thank you for our gift from Jesus. Help us to accept the sacrifice of His life for each of us. Amen.