Purpose...  Thirty three years before Jesus walked the dusty road to Calvary, He came to this earth in the body of an infant.  The Creator became the created; wholly Divine and yet wholly human.  In that humble stable 2000 years ago, as angels watched and a young mother labored, God put His plan into motion.  Jesus was born into this world to give us a gift unimaginable.  He came to bring us peace with God.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled 
and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Since sin first entered the world through an act of deception in the garden, we have been separated from God.  But Jesus made a way to bridge the gap through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross.  He came with a purpose of reconciliation.  
At the moment of His death, the curtain in the temple was torn allowing us direct access to our Heavenly Father. Through our surrender and acceptance of Him, our sins are washed away.  There is no longer reason to fear the terrors of this world for our future is secure with Him.

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, 
we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us” (Romans 5:1).

So on this Sunday, as we light the second candle in Advent and unwrap the gift of peace, let us remember the purpose for which our Lord was born into this imperfect world.  He came for you and me.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting!

  2. Good Morning! JOY to the World... Have a wonderful week my friend! Praying for you this morning!
    Merry Christmas this wonderful day... No Christmas Past to mire the present! Love, Roxy

  3. Joan...thank you for the sweet devotion. And for hosting. May you have a marvelous week.

  4. I am so glad that God has a purpose for everything, even the hard parts of our lives! I know that none of the pain and hurt we experience in life goes to waste! He uses them all for His glory! Thanks for sharing and reminding us of this, Joan!! Have a blessed week.

  5. Today beauty is found in the way we are imprinted with the very image of God. In the way that He chose to become one of us. In the way that He gave His life for us to be united with Him eternally.


  6. Thank you, Roxy! It's already off to a great start! Blessings! Joan

  7. Have a wonderful week, too! I'm so glad you're here! Blessings, Joan

  8. I know what you mean...sometimes it is hard to see or understand His purpose in the tough things, but we can trust that His plan is bigger than we can ever imagine! Happy Advent, Ann!

    Blessings, Joan

  9. What an incredible blessing that is, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Joan

  10. Laurie CollettDecember 10, 2014

    Praise God for the peace that passes all understanding! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

  11. It is such a gift, isn't it, Laurie? Blessings, Joan


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