SPOILER ALERT: This is part of the Christmas Eve Sermon. If you don’t want to spoil the sermon, click here for another devotion.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11
The center candle of the Advent wreath is the CHRIST candle. It is pure and white, reflecting that Christ Jesus is sinless and holy.
We did most of our discussion of Christ yesterday under the category of LOVE. Christ loved us enough to take off his robes of light and enter into our fragile, temporal human state (Philippians 2:5-8), and he loved us enough – even while we were still sinners – to die for us (Romans 5:8).
Today, I want to simply tell you one of my favorite stories of grace that reflects this truth.
Imagine a night court on the busiest day of the year. It is packed. It seems like half the town was arrest this night. It is so busy that the judge never has a chance to even look up. Defense lawyers and prosecutors read off the particulars and as the judge is filling in the constant paperwork, he’s saying by rote, “Guilty.” “Not Guilty.” “$500 fine.” “Three nights in jail.”
Another young man is led before the bench. The lawyers read out the particulars. It’s obvious the young man is guilty. And just as the judge starts swinging down his gavel, he happens to look up. His son is standing there.
Now, if he’s a just judge, what must he do? The just judge brings down the gavel and declares his own son guilty.
But then he does a strange thing. He stands up. Takes off his robes. Steps down from the bench. And comes around to stand beside his son. He says, “This is my child. I love him. And whatever the fine is, I’ll pay it. Whatever the jail time is, I’ll do it. And if this crime deserves death, I’ll take it.”
Isn’t that what Christ Jesus did for us. He stood up from the Eternal Throne. Took off his robes of light. Stepped down from heaven. Came and stood beside us, saying, “This is my child. I love him. And whatever the fine is, I’ll pay it. Whatever the jail time is, I’ll do it. And if this crime deserves death, I’ll take it.”
As we light this candle on Christmas Eve, be thankful for the humbleness, love, and grace of our amazing Savior.
Merry Christmas. (Devotions will start up again in the new year!)
In Christ’s Love,
a thankful child
saved by grace