The Hope of the Seasons
As children, we all look forward to Christmas. Whether it’s for presents or food and family, we looked forward to it. Often, we would belittle Christ by making him the pinnacle of the celebration when he should really be the base. In a different way, we also do this with a different, though equally if not more important, celebration. Easter. These holidays are two sides of the same coin. So why don’t we, as the church and as Christians, celebrate the second and greatest rising of our Lord with as much hope?
In Hebrews 9:1-14, we see in vivid detail how asking for forgiveness was approached. Animals would be sacrificed and given once a year to atone for the sins of our unrighteousness. However, near the end of the text we see the real significance of this passage. It says that unlike the priest, Jesus did not open the way for us with the sacrifice of animals for the yearly sins. He used himself, the purest thing that ever graced the Earth, to permanently shred the barriers between us and God.
I write this to remind us that in the hustle and bustle of the season, we shouldn’t forget the real reason for Christ’s birth: To bring us back to God by opening the day with his own earthly body. He came to bring the Hope to our faith and returned again to Earth in the ultimate victory against human wickedness.