What do you need more than anything else? What is the most precious gift that you want God to give you? Can you rejoice and be glad because of what God took away from you? Or are you more interested in what He can give to you? Is salvation a gift to you, or a work whereby He takes something from you?
Salvation is both of these works of God. We look forward to celebrating the day of Christ's birth because it tells us that He gave us a Savior. But remember also that He gave us this Savior so that our guilt and corrupt natures might be taken away from us. He made it possible for us to leave our way down to hell. He gave us a Savior Who will bring us up to heaven.
To appreciate this we must take hold of the truth which we find in Jeremiah 23:6 , where we read, "In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shah dwell in safety: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
We have here both the taking away, which is implied in that word "saved," and the giving of the gift, which is implied in those words "dwell in safety." What hurts He removed, and what gives us peace and joy He gives. Our unrighteousness He removes, and He Whose name is the Lord Our Righteousness gives us righteousness.
We should also note that Jeremiah here speaks not simply of Christ's "day," but of His "days." What is more, His day began when in Bethlehem He was born; but His days as our Savior are still here, and will be here everlastingly in the new Jerusalem. Although in a special way we may celebrate one day a year concerning His coming day, we have the calling to thank Him every day for what He took from us and for what He gives unto us.
Take that blessed truth along with you the rest of your days here on this earth. Use every day which He gives you in confessing Him to have made you righteous, and in taking away all your guilt and punishment.
Read: Jeremiah 23:1-8 .
"‘As for me,’ underlines divine commitment. The covenant does not rest on human wish or need but on divine determination." ~ Alec Motyer on Isaiah 59:21
- Date: 7-December