Friday, December 12, 2014

Victory and Rebirth: O Come, Emmanuel

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing and rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."
TITUS 3:4-7

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
And rescue us from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

It's funny because in our Word of Life books that our church youth group does, those exact verses from Titus were in our reading today and I immediately thought of "O Come Emmanuel."

Jesus's coming rescued us from Satan's tyranny. We are not slaves to Satan's temptations because of Jesus.
The only thing saving us from hell - the depths of hell - is God's grace.
Nothing we have done or can do will ever make us deserving of a heavenly home, but God loves us so much that He made a way for us to avoid an eternity separated from Him.

Jesus's coming brought the hope and comfort that I felt at all the funerals I've attended this year. The fact that His coming gave us victory over the grave makes saying goodbye to loved ones a little more bearable. 

Through Him, we are more than conquerors.


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