“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter [2:24]
Without the tearing open of the package, the gift will never be exposed.
Our culture has embraced an intriguing practice when it comes to gift-giving. Magnificent, vibrant paper and colorful bows and ribbons are used to wrap birthday and Christmas gifts which have been purchased for the recipient. Most families have that one person that goes to extraordinary lengths to wrap the presents with extravagance and creativity. Then, on the day of the celebration, the wrappings are torn apart to expose the present that has been carefully chosen.
Scripture describes the painful, tortuous tearing of God’s promised Deliverer. Though magnificently perfect and sinless, he vicariously absorbed the punishment our sins incurred. But through His wounds, we receive the precious gift of healing. The joy of being forgiven, embraced by the Father, accepted into his family, and indwelt by His Spirit is now ours.
As you tear into your Christmas gifts this season, allow it to remind you that Jesus’ affliction for our sins exposed the gift of peace and healing. Take time now to thank him for his sacrificial death that produced eternal life.
Jesus, my heart weeps over the tearing that you experienced because of my sin. And yet I rejoice because of the gift of life that resulted. Thank you for gifting me with healing and forgiveness. Amen.