Good News of Great Joy

Romans 3:21-22  But now for the good news: God’s restorative justice has entered the world, independent of the law.  Both the law and the prophets told us this day would come.  This redeeming justice comes through the faithfulness of Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who makes salvation a reality for all who believe – without the slightest partiality.  (VOICE)

photo by Papa Juan Pablo III

photo by Papa Juan Pablo III

Jesus’ entrance into the world was quiet for the most part. The Liberating King came not with armies or military fanfare, but even so His impact upon the world is greater than that of any other person – past, present, or future.

Romans calls it “God’s restorative justice.” Jesus did for us what the law could never have done. He eliminated the need for us to endure the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross. That one death was all that was needed, and all we have to do is believe that the Son of God came to earth to restore the relationship with God that we lost when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden.

Here’s the best part: It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, what you’ve done. This greatest Christmas gift of Christ is offered “without the slightest partiality.”

No, He didn’t make the world perfect. It is full of broken relationships and crime and brutality and sickness and mental illness. That is the reality we have to live with.

But Christmas means that even in the middle of our loved one’s psychotic crisis we can have peace and joy, and we can still love.

Read Psalm 23 again during this Christmas season, and you will see the extent of God’s restorative justice in our lives.

May God fill you with the realization of just how powerful the Christmas message is.

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