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Devotional for December 23

Are You Willing?

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. 20We 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. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -- 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

“I have a plan,” said the Father. “A plan to redeem them from their sin and reconcile with them forever.”

“I know,” said the Son. “I always knew Your perfect love for them would compel You to do it.”

The Father stared into the eyes of His Son for a long moment. His eyes glistened as He blinked back a tear. At last, He spoke--slowly, a tinge of sadness in His voice: “It will cost Us more than their human minds will ever be able to acknowledge or understand. Almost more than I can even bear to consider. Are You sure You are willing to become one of them? I don’t mean to just to leave Heaven and confine Yourself within their frail flesh, to experience hunger and thirst. To suffer their illnesses and experience their pain. That is just the beginning.” The Father gently placed His hand on the shoulder of His Son. “I mean, are you ready to suffer unjustly at the very hands of those whom We created? To experience the pain and humiliation they will mete out to you--to actually become sin for them and take upon Your own head My wrath that so rightly should be theirs? Are You even willing to let Me turn My back on You and forsake You—to be My enemy? That is what it will require.”

“For the joy of Our again being one with them as You and I are One, I am willing,” the Son replied. “I will gladly endure all of it.”

No doubt, this will be a very different Christmas season for most of us. But even during this time of anxiety, discord, and perhaps even separation, we can still rejoice! Let us fill our hearts with gladness! We are children of the King—a king who loves us so much that He was willing not only to experience life as a human being, but to nail our sins to His cross and suffer the punishment that should have been ours! Are we willing to share this joyous message of grace and reconciliation with a world that desperately needs it, especially now?

Written by Garry and Zella Fisher