Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Advent: Day Seventeen

The ornament for Day Seventeen is a cross to depict the Prophecy of the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53). For a long time, I liked keeping Christmas and Easter separate in my mind. It was hard for me (and still is sometimes) to mix the thoughts of Jesus in the manger and on the cross. But, as my faith has grown and my understanding of how the whole story is a purposeful progression, God has given me new perspective. Without the cross, there would be no Christmas. Without Calvary, there would be no cause to celebrate the manger at Bethlehem (p. 67). Thank you, God, for sending Your Son to die on the cross to save us from our sins.

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