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1 John 3:8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

I chose this verse specifically for the Christmas season. I know that it’s hard to find holiday cheer for we all have done sinful things. The reason to rejoice is that the Son of God has appeared in human flesh and takes away the sins of the world. That was John the Baptist testimony after He baptized Jesus. For he knew Jesus was the Lamb of God when he saw the Spirit descend. Now, the apostle John declares that this was the very purpose that a child was born to a virgin, in a manger, in the town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. He is not trying to kill the Christmas joy, but wants us to be aware of the true joy. In the preceding chapter 2:1, John says, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. “ So we can see that John did not write this letter to condemn or shame sinners. No, his purpose is to educate the sinner that sin is now powerless in our lives and the devil has been undone! Merry Christmas!!!