Excerpted from Focus on the Family
Christmas day has passed. Jesus was born in a manger, as promised. All the promises of Jesus’s coming have passed, including His death and resurrection.
In the season of advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming King. Christmas day we get to rejoice for the King has come. Jesus gave us new life through His sacrifice, “the Word became flesh.”
Why did Jesus come? Jesus came to atone for our sins. What does that mean? What did it look like? Isaiah 53 perfectly lays out why Jesus came, what it meant, and how it would look. Read these verses with your children to help walk them through why Jesus came.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53: 4-6
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
What good news this is for us, that through Jesus there is no longer condemnation. Charge your family to walk in faith, we have freedom from sin in Christ Jesus! What a truly amazing gift that we get to celebrate.
Take time to give thanks to the King of kings, the Prince of Peace, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.