For unto us a child is born.
It is finished.
He has risen.
You may not have noticed in this world, but mankind has a problem. We were created in the beginning to have an eternal, loving relationship with our Creator, but something got in the way – sin. Because of it we are kept from having a loving relationship with our Creator. We are utterly hopeless and lost.
Why is this? Because God, our Creator, is pure and perfect, He is Holy. And because of this it is impossible for Him to be in a loving relationship with us as imperfect beings. Imperfection is incompatible with perfection. Imperfection makes perfection not perfect anymore. Our lot has been cast. Our imperfection has only one outcome, eternal separation from our perfect Creator. This is bad news.
But, there is also some very good news as well. God is a God of holiness yes, but He is also a God of love, and even though we were lost to our sin He still desired to have that eternal, loving relationship with us. And so, because of this, He set into action the ONLY plan that could be executed to take care of the sin inside of us. That sin would have to be put to death once and for all. And so He sent His Son, Jesus, to come to this earth as a child, live a perfect life and ultimately be put to death on a cross. It was on this cross that our sin, our imperfection, was dealt with. All of our sin was placed upon Him and, full of sin, Jesus became imperfection for us. As He hung there He cried out, “It Is Finished” and when He did He died, separated from GOD and His holiness. Through His action all of our sin, all of our imperfection, was put to death right then and there.
But then the miraculous happened. As man, Jesus died and was separated from God for us, full of our imperfection. But as GOD His perfection met the imperfection of sin and destroyed it. The perfection of GOD met the imperfection of sin and sin lost. And, on the third day, Jesus arose from the dead as a conqueror. The work had been done.
Now Jesus sits at the right hand of God and our imperfection has been dealt with. But, this perfection from God does not come to all men automatically. He wants us to give our love freely to Him. He will not force us to love Him and so He gives each of us a choice. We can choose to walk away and stay in our imperfection, willing to be separated from Him forever. But we can also stay and accept the work of Jesus on the cross and, as the Bible promises, become One with Him. In doing so, His perfection destroys our imperfection and we now have the ability to have a relationship with GOD for all eternity, the relationship He desired from the very beginning. This glorious work is what we celebrate today!