But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for He is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. . . .
. . . But this is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:
I will put My laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be My people.
— Hebrews 8:6,10
This is the main point of Christmas: Jesus come to earth to make a better way.
A High Priest, descended from heaven’s throne, to initiate and to bring to completion a perfect and eternal covenant with imperfect and mortal men.
The Messiah come to shine the very face of God upon a people bound in darkness.
Immanuel — God with us — bending low to show compassion to a people gone astray.
Love reaching beyond the grasps of death to birth life into all of creation.
Placing His holiness into the minds and hearts of all who will believe.
This is the gift of Christmas come.
I am so very grateful Jesus chose to come as He did. In simple arrival to the simplest of men. Granting access to His presence from the very beginning, conceived in humble womb and birthed in humble stable. Welcoming shepherds and kings alike. Inviting all to come and see the marvelous gift given at God’s hand. Completing a new and better covenant that is for all people — if only we will believe.
And with that belief, the miraculous gift continues:
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. — 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
This miraculous secret unveiled is Christ living in you.
Immanuel, placing the fullness of His presence in fragile, earthen vessels. Choosing to confine His glory to flesh in order to unleash that glory within us. Shining His light in our hearts. Placing His ways upon our minds. Gifting us with power to move in His grace. Enabling us to withstand and overcome because He is alive and active in us.
This is our legacy.
This is the gift of Christmas come — the promise of better things.
Marvelous things beyond our comprehension, yet still within our reach.
All because Jesus stepped into our world to make it so.
It’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of the Christmas holidays without much thought toward the very One we celebrate, but I hope this journey through Advent has been an initiative to stir you toward remembrance and praise of the Messiah come. May you rejoice today in the gift of Immanuel — God with you. A Savior come to give you hope and a future and a life of better things. Despite the challenges you may face each day, you have a High Priest committed to keeping His covenant with you. May you, in turn, commit yourself to keeping it with Him.