A Preparation for Christmas Day

On the 14th day of the devotional called Good News of Great Joy by John Piper gives a fantastic devotion. I want to begin by quoting a part of it that impacts how we do the Lord’s Supper each week. This is an excellent meditation on the new covenant:

“The new covenant is purchased by the blood of Christ, effected by the Spirit of Christ, and appropriated by faith in Christ.”

Moreover, Piper writes that the best place we see this working of Christ in the New Covenant is in Hebrews 13:20–21,

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

(Hebrews 13:20–21 ESV)

Finally, Piper explains that Jesus,

“does not lay his Christmas gift of salvation and transformation under the tree, so to speak, for your to pick up in your own strength. He picks it up and puts it in your heart and in your mind and gives you the seal of assurance that you are a child of God.”

Sometimes at Christmas, we simply don’t know what we have as Christians. The worse way you can prepare for Christmas day is to be unaware that you have everything because you have Christ. A discontent mind is a sure disaster for Christmas Day because no matter how much you receive, it will never be enough. However, if you know that you have Christ by faith, then you know that you have everything already. Everything you receive is simply icing and cherries on top of the sweet gift of salvation. Thanks be to God!