Devotion for Wednesday after Advent 4

Colossians 1:15-23 (NASB)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Jesus is God—He is the Creator of everything and He holds everything together. Yet He took upon Himself human form and came to earth to reflect the perfection and purity of the Lord. He Himself told us that if we know Him, we know the Father. Indeed Jesus reconciles us to Himself through His own death and resurrection. Not only does are we reconciled to God, but we are made holy and blameless by His righteousness. We can never to be acceptable to a holy God on our own merits, so Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and washed them away with His Blood. No wonder we celebrate His coming to earth!

Thank You, Lord, that Jesus saves us from our sins. Help me to do Your will and worship and love You—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—above all else. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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