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Read Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-18
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, not because we shall gather with family. Nor because we shall give and receive many gifts, as lovely as that is. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, only because of Christ and the glorious gift of His birth. For because of Christ, we who were once “without hope and without God in the world” can now be reconciled with God through the cross. Outside of (relationship with) Christ however we remain without hope and remain excluded from “the covenants of promise” without Christ we remain without peace with God. If you are yet to begin a relationship with God through Christ, I invite you to accept the gift of salvation through Christ this Christmas. Receive the greatest gift there is and enter into intimate friendship with Christ, now and forevermore.
Questions to Ponder:
Have you received the gift of salvation through Christ? In what ways?
Precious Jesus, thank you for the gift of salvation that you have provided for me and for the access I have to the Father through you. I am so grateful that you have done for me what I am unable to do for myself. I receive by faith all that you have promised and most of all I receive the salvation that is available in you and in you alone. By your grace I no longer depend on my own righteousness but in the righteousness that is available in you. I rejoice in you my king now and for evermore. Amen.
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