Day 17: The Gift of New Life

I love Dicken’s Christmas Carol for it’s heartwarming story, words that leap out of the book and invite you to cozy up near the fire, with the Christmas tree lit, and escape into “the spirit of Christmas” — complete with a cup of tea. But for all my love for the classic story, it hands…

Day 16: Christ our Living Water

I have often wondered why, if Jesus promised He was the Living Water that always satisfied, unmet desires didn’t go away the moment I was saved. After all, didn’t Jesus tell the woman at the well that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (John 4:14)? Why…

Day 15: Christ our Justifier

The great preacher of the 20th century Martin Lloyd-Jones called it “the acropolis of the Bible” — the high city of Athens that served as the pinnacle of the ancient world. Or in more modern language, it’s “the most important paragraph in the entire Bible, the innermost meaning of the cross.” What they’re referring to…

Day 14: Christ our Propitiation

I vividly remember my eight- or nine-year old little sister coming up to me one day. “What does propitiation mean?” she asked. I thought it was really cute, because she was so small to be thinking about such a big word! And I guess since I was the oldest (even though I was only a…

Day 13: Christ Our Lamb

You have to wonder what John was thinking when he first pointed to Jesus, his then unknown cousin, and declared “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Of course, John, as the last Old Covenant prophet, carried divine inspiration in those words like the rest of the Old Testament…

Day 12: Christ our Redeemer

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). The amazing truth of the gospel is that we’re bought back from the power of sin and Satan — redeemed. That’s a fact that influences not just the day of conversion but the entirety of our lives. This…

Day 11: Christ our Substitute

I work frequently as an elementary school substitute teacher, and it’s often funny to see the kids’ faces when they first walk into the classroom. You can see the first bewilderment, where’s our teacher? And then sometimes, some whispering and excitement because they think they’ll get off with an easy day and no rules! When…

Day 10: The Incarnation and Ministry

Love is shown not so much by pitying from afar but walking alongside a sufferer. I was quite young when my family lost a baby, but I still remember several families who cared enough to embed themselves in our lives when we needed them most. They could have sent a card in the mail, but…

Day 9: The Incarnation and Prayer

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of…

Day 8: The Incarnation, Pt. 2

When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating Jesus’ birth into this world. Birth is always a reason to celebrate, but this birth is far different than any other! Instead of coming into existence, like all of us did in the womb, Christ always existed. So his birth to this world wasn’t so much a celebration…