In all the millenia of time, only one child has been born alive. Adam and Eve were created alive, but they ate the fruit and died. Their children were born dead. Cain. Abel. Seth. And every child born since the fall – all except one – have been born dead. You. Me. Everyone we know. Dead in transgressions and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) By nature objects of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3) Hostile toward God. (Romans 8:7)
But Jesus. He was born alive. Born in the likeness of sinful man to be sure. He was human. But born without man’s dead spirit. He was God with us. Emmanuel. Full of life. Full of grace. Full of love. He chose to die in our place. A sin offering. He made a way for us through faith in him to meet the righteous requirements of the law. And be born again. Alive!
Now that’s worth celebrating.
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