Perhaps 2017 has been a difficult year for you—heartache, loss, death. Perhaps your pain today is so great that you can’t help but weep. And yet, even in the midst of our pain, today we sing with all our hearts, “Joy to the World!” What joy! What hope! What strength in God! Christmas is a reminder that God is for us; we have nothing to fear and the greatest of joys to gain through our pain. We know the ending of our story, and it is beautiful. John Piper reminds us,

The reason he became man was to die…. Good Friday is the purpose of Christmas….

Satan’s ultimate weapon against us is our own sin. If the death of Jesus takes it away, the chief weapon of the devil — the one mortal weapon that he has — is taken out of his hand. He cannot make a case for our death penalty, because the Judge has acquitted us by the death of his Son! …


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