Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from 1 John 3:1-10.
“You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” 1 John 3:5, ESV
“….The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8b, ESV
My youngest son likes to pretend to be Superman. He will dress up in a cape or an outfit and say “Superman saves the day!” Every superhero has a purpose for showing up on the scene. Why did Christmas happen? Why did Jesus show up on the scene? Our verses today reveal that Jesus appeared to take away sins. Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, which is sin.
Jesus is qualified for this mission. 1 John 3:5 is clearly talking about Jesus Christ but I believe that the surrounding verses show us that Jesus is God. Jesus is also qualified to “save the day” because He too was tempted. Matthew 4 records the episodes of Jesus being tempted by the Devil. Jesus shows trust in the Fatherhood of God and belief in His Word. Like us, Jesus experienced temptation of the Devil. Except, unlike us, Jesus did not sin. Jesus abides completely and perfectly in God, therefore He does not ever sin. So we see that anyone who abides in Jesus experiences victory over sin (1 John 3:6). The key to victory in the midst of the battle against sin is abiding with Jesus.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil and to take away sin. Make that personal. Jesus came to take away your sin, my sin. Make Christmas personal this year. Jesus came for your own sin, personal conflict with the Devil, and battle against temptations. Jesus came to defeat the sin in your life. He truly came to save the day.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from John 12:27-28.