12/8/13

The Joy of Christmas: Day Eight

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!

**Note: A simple google search will give you several options concerning the devotions and ornaments associated with the Jesse Tree. This is a site that I like: HERE

Joy of Christmas: Day Eight

Moses and the Ten Commandments

Everyone knows the Ten Commandments. We know not to lie, steal, cheat, dishonor, or murder.  Those weren't the entirety of the Law, however.  Moses received hundreds of laws from God while on that mountain.  Just read Leviticus and Numbers and Deuteronomy.  The Law become the identity of the Jewish nation.  So much so, that hundreds and hundreds of years after Moses, the Jewish people still hung on to those laws.  When Christ came, everything changed.

Galatians 3:19 says "What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgression till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator." 

The law was to teach us how sinful we truly were.  God laid out what it took to be holy.  The result: We are all hopelessly lost.  There is no hope in the law.  There is hope in Christ. Our joy comes in knowing that Christ fulfilled the law.  He came to save us from the law.  We need not fear not being good enough.  Christ took our place.  The law was there to show us we needed a Savior.  Jesus is our Savior!! Rejoice!

Galatians 3:29 "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."