2 Corinthians 5:16-21

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


When Jesus was born, this new child not only changed his parents’ world, he changed the entire world. Like all new Moms and Dads, Mary and Joseph had no idea what they were getting into, but there was something remarkably different about this unique birth. This was God incarnate. God came in the form of a baby to be with us, to guide us, to give us the ultimate example of how to live, and to demonstrate power over life and death. Today, thousands of years later, to follow Jesus, to believe in Jesus as Savior means we have new life as well. Just like the birth of a child – this means change. We must adapt and struggle as we find a new path. And just like raising a child never ends, neither does our quest to grow in our faith.


How has Jesus changed your life? Is there evidence of this change? Would others say you are different because you know and love Jesus?


Dear God, in this Advent/Christmas season, I thank you for the gift of Jesus. I will never understand this great love you have for me, but today, I will try to honor the gift. Guide me as I seek to be a gift to others. Show me where there is need and guide me to bless others as you have blessed me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.