Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 NAS
Jesus didn’t just drop in on humanity for a couple of years and barely eek by on the holiness scale. No, he came as a baby and grew into a toddler, then a young boy, then a young man, then an adult–all without a single sinful thought or sinful act. He absolutely overflowed with kindness, wisdom, power, love, peace, holiness, justice, righteousness, goodness, patience, and countless other God qualities. But no sin. None.
Indeed, He was totally and utterly holy. Tempted yet pure. Tried yet victorious. Wholly and completely untainted by sin. He was the only person in the history or future of mankind who could step right in the middle of the pit of our filth and failures and overcome them for us. The only one who can be our High Priest.
Because He won the victory over sin and death, He can save us from sin and death. Jesus–all man and all God–walked through it all and won. Perfectly and beautifully and eternally–He won.
And so, we win.
Because of the gift of Christmas, because Jesus came to live among sin but without sin, and because He took every human’s sin upon His back on the cross, and because He walked out of the tomb, and because He intercedes for us, we have victory.
May the miraculous birth of Jesus, and the sinless life of Jesus, and the sacrificial death of Jesus, and the victorious resurrection of Jesus, and the sweet intercession of Jesus, fall fresh on us this Christmas. May we celebrate the earthly birthday of our perfect High Priest with unburdened hearts, knowing that the One interceding for us knows exactly what we need. And He is the supreme Gift Giver.
Embrace the gifts of Jesus and have the merriest of Christmases.
Janice Powell 2014