That baby in the manger came as our ultimate substitute. Everything he would do, he would do on our behalf, for our salvation.
For further study: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
For parents and children: Ask your children what they think a substitute is. Talk about substitute teachers and substitutes in sports. Talk about how usually substitutes are not as qualified as the people they're working in the place of. Then talk about how Jesus was born to be our substitute, to do things for us that we could never do on our own.
"Everything Jesus did, from the first moment of his birth until his ascension to the right hand of his Father, he did as our substitute."
"Jesus, the second Adam, is our first and only hope in life and death. Because of his substitution we are redeemed."
For the month of December, there will be daily posts based on Paul Tripp's Advent book Come Let Us Adore Him.
You can also read more about this book and Advent at
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