At the very heart of the Christmas story lies the all-important doctrine of the Atonement. How can sinful people, separated from God in their sin and selfishness, be reconciled to a Holy God? By atonement. Atonement is the process by which two (typically estranged) people or parties are made “at-one” or at peace with each other. By sending Jesus as our atoning sacrifice, God graciously provides a way for sinful people to live with Him forever.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season (1 John 4:10). In the same way, Leviticus is the basis for Christmas (Leviticus 16:30) because God sent Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:3-5, 11-14).

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.  

Mary did you know that He would be the Atoning Sacrifice for the sins of the world?

sermon by: Larry Murray