Journeying through the Christmas Story – Day 23

December 23

1 Timothy 1:15-17

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

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Devotional – Kieren McGookin (Youth Leader/Connect Group Studies Writer)

How often do we reflect on who we are and, more specifically, what we’ve done and think to ourselves that our actions/thoughts disqualify us in someway from what Christ achieved in the Cross? That despite everything we hear regarding God’s grace, we’ve managed to find a way to position ourselves outside of that love and forgiveness. It’s because of this that I find passages such as those in 1 Timothy and Galatians so important because it’s here that Paul, who was once known as Saul and was if not responsible, at least complicit in the murder and abuse of Christians, acknowledges his incredible atrocities yet STILL sees himself as not only forgiven but an example to all of us of Christ’s mind-boggling mercy. It was for exactly this reason that Christ came. To save people like Paul from their sin and to save people like you and I from the same snare. Our sins and shortcomings may manifest themselves in different ways to that of Paul and others, but the forgiveness we receive is still the same.