Even on his way to the cross, Jesus knew exactly what his death and resurrection would do for his people. And it is the very reason he had come to earth. In the cross and resurrection, we see everything we ever need to see about the holiness, justice, love, and supremacy of God. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came, lived, died, and rose that we might know God forever and ever
The joy of Christmas is the promise of everlasting life together with God. Each Advent, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came to offer us and everlasting life of unending relationship with God. This gift is one we cannot move on from. There is no greater truth than that God himself invites us to eternal life through Jesus Christ his son. And that life is promise we can count on for all of eternity.
Two simple truths should astound us at Advent: God loves and God gives. The God of the universe, from whom nothing is required, loved us so much that he came to be with us in the person of Jesus. And not only did he come to be with us, he came to be the perfect sacrifice to bring us peace. What better news could we hope to have at Christmas than that God loved us in this, peculiar way? John 3:16-18 reminds us of this truth and why it should cause us to rejoice.
More than anything we need this time of year, we need Christ. We need the salvation he offers from eternal punishment. We need our hearts to be awakened to see him clearly. And we need to be saved by his work on our behalf. This Advent, we celebrate the fulfillment of our need in the person of Jesus as we look at the famous story of Nicodemus' encounter with Jesus in John 3.