“The old me is gone and the new me is here!” my young daughter excitedly announced as she marched around the kitchen.
Whenever I think about that day, I am reminded of the simplicity of the story of salvation. Though she was only two at the time, my daughter made this uncomplicated declaration of faith.
“The old me is gone, and the new me is here!”
As this season of Christmas comes – whether it is filled with friends, family and joy or memories, an empty chair and sadness – let us not forget the simple message of God’s love this season.
Jesus, the Saviour of the world, is Immanuel – God with us. It is because of the uncomplicated truth of His love that He came to this earth as a baby born in a manger…
To live among us to walk in our footsteps, so that we can follow in His…
To die to redeem us from a debt that we could not pay…
To rise again to give us a living hope and an inheritance that will not perish through His resurrection from the dead…
To return to heaven to prepare a place for all who have believed in Him so that one day we can leave this world behind and go home to be with Him for all eternity.
It is because of Him, Immanuel, God with us, that all people from every tribe, tongue and nation, old and young alike, can – by believing in Him – can say with joy…
“The old me is gone and the new me is here!”
For God demonstrated His love for us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. Upon Him was the punishment that brought us peace and by His wounds we are healed.
And so we remember this season,
That unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
And His name will be called Jesus, for He will save the world from their sins.
He will be called Immanuel (which means God with us).
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself.
2. Cor. 5:17, 18, Romans 5:8, Isaiah 53:6, 7, Isaiah 9:6,7, Matthew 1:21, 23