Reading the Word
Hebrews 2:14–15 (ESV)
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Understanding and Applying the Word
It is not enough at Christmas to only think about the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Those are surely important, but we must also think about why he was born. Why did Jesus come into the world?
Hebrews 2:14-15 gives us a short and simple explanation. Jesus came into the world to save us from slavery to sin and death. He came into the world to die for us because, in his death and resurrection, he defeated the power that death had over us.
Enjoy this time of the year. Wonder at the depictions of Jesus in a manger. But do not stop there. Consider that the Son of God was born into this world to die so that we might live. Christmas brings hope to a world in desperate need and hope came as a baby.
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