12/18/13

Joy of Christmas: Day Eighteen

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ. Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season. We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby. He is so much more than that! We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story. But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the
Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on
finding joy in Christ! Click here for more info.

Joy of Christmas: Day Eighteen
 

The New Covenant

The sacrificial system and the Ten Commandments were part of the Old Covanent.  We learned how the those could not fully save.  The Law could not be kept perfectly, and even if it was - it was never good enough. 

Hebrews 10:1. 4
"For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things can never with these same sacrifices which they offere continually year by year, make those who approach perfect...For it is not possible tha the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins."

God promised, even in the Old Testament, that He would send a new Convanent and that Covnent would be permenant. 

Jeremiah 31:33
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Christ is the hope for the New Covenant.  He is our final sacrifice.  He is our joy this Christmas.

Hebrews 10:12-18
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,  from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.  For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”  Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin."