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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, December 1

Hebrews 9:12,15

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

To talk about redemption, we must face Christ's death on the cross. That seems wrong during Advent, but we know it is a vital part of Christ's mission on this earth. Advent allows us to focus on the reality of Christ's birth, and to anticipate once more the life and teaching of Him, the Son of God. But to realize and accept our redemption, we must also face the reality of Christ's death on the cross. That is a painful reality, and I tend to want to avoid really thinking about it. I can't avoid it.

God above, your ways and your plans are more than I can understand. You sent Jesus to us to teach us and ultimately He redeemed us, bringing us to you forever. I don't pretend to understand why it had to happen this way. I am thankful that Jesus completed His mission, and that we have been redeemed. Amen

Becky, transforming

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