I celebrate Christmas because the life begun on that night in Bethlehem tore away the barrier between me and the Creator God.
This meditation could be the longest of the seven days. If I went into detail of all the reasons why God should reject me, it would go on for pages.
But this will be the shortest, because of what a Man born in Bethlehem did for me.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”
But he was pierced for [my] rebellion, crushed for [my] sins.
The punishment that brought [me] peace was on him.
Having canceled the record of the charges against us
and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
The record against me has been canceled! It is gone.
And one day when I stand at the throne of judgment and the record books are opened, my Rescuer Shepherd will stand with me and say, “This is Elaine. She belongs to me.”
Good tidings of great joy!