No one could have predicted that the first people to hear of Jesus’ birth outside of His parents would be a group of shepherds. Angels appeared to these men, saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will towards men.” (Luke 2:14).
This was the announcement of the birth of the Saviour. When the angels left, they hastily travelled to Bethlehem to see the wonderful gift the Father had given to His people.
The shepherds were eager to see the Savior of the world, and we should be eager to see Him as well. This involves not only coming to Him in our conversions but also seeking His face each and every day of our lives.
…on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
For those of us who have encountered the risen Jesus, a light has dawned. We have crossed over from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of light. Darkness is no longer where we dwell, we dwell in the light. This present world is full of sin and suffering, but they cannot diminish the light that dawned at Christ’s incarnation. He has already come, and with Him came light, hope, and redemption. We have an incredible hope and with this hope, an opportunity to help people to also encounter the light this Christmas season.
“God is love.” 1 John 4:9-11, “.This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
At Christmas, we understand that God loved us so much that He came to live with us in the person of Jesus. That love now inspires us to live as Jesus did in this world, loving God by loving each other. Love is the greatest gift of all! Let’s give it away freely.
“His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” One name wasn’t sufficient to describe this special Child. This baby is different. “Wonderful Counselor” indicates that Jesus will be a source of extraordinary wisdom —great news for those who need guidance. “Mighty God” indicates that Jesus will be divinely strong and powerful — amazing news for those who are weak. “Everlasting Father” indicates that Jesus will care for His people forever, as a father cares for his children — comforting news for those who are lonely and unappreciated. “Prince of Peace” indicates that Jesus will bring lasting peace — good news for all of us who lack peace with each other and with God. Jesus, how amazing You are!
‘And the government shall be upon His shoulders’, because He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the government of the whole world rests on His shoulders. There’s nothing outside of His control. This Christmas time, the One who has the government of the world on His shoulders wants to carry you on His shoulders. Everything that concerns you is His concern and He desires to bear the burden of it as you trust Him and obey Him as Lord. One day, truly He will come again, not as a lamb but as a lion, the Lion of Judah and establish His Kingdom here on earth.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please give me a fresh revelation of who Jesus is and the wonder of Your indescribable Gift. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…” —Isaiah 9:6
Before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied of His birth. Isaiah lived 700 years before Christ. This prophecy was fulfilled in the most amazing way. This glorious King, the Messiah, came as a little child: to us a child is born. He who was for eternity the Son of God, was given to us as a little Baby in Bethlehem. As we worship Him this Christmas, may our celebrations be filled with joy and wonder at the fullness of what it means – our heavenly Father has given us His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Father, thank You for not just sending, but giving Your Son to us. He is the most wonderful gift of all!
Throughout the Bible, the Lord Jesus was given many names. He was called the Light of the world, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God, Christ, Jesus, the Promised One, the Bright and Morning Star and many more. Each of these names reflects a different facet of His character and helps us understand who He really is. Of all the names that were given to Him, though, none brings more comfort to my heart than Immanuel—God with us.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for the comfort that comes from knowing You became flesh lived among us. I find comfort in knowing that You are God with us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The Christmas story is not primarily about the birth of a baby who would grow up to become a great moral teacher. Rather, it is the profound story of the birth of the Saviour. After explaining that Mary was with child by the Holy Spirit, the angel told Joseph, “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew. 1:21). In our own righteousness we can never reach heaven. But Jesus came into the world to save us and lead us to heaven. As we draw near to the celebration of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ let’s reflect on our wonderful Saviour who has saved us from our sin. Jesus means Saviour. Is He your Saviour?
Philippians 1:6 I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.’
We are all a work in progress! The Lord is not finished with you yet and He will continue to work in your life. The work He does in our lives is always a ‘good’ work with the prospect of wonderful things.
The good work that He is doing within you is an ongoing process, but it will be completed.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are at work in my life. You are doing a wonderful and a good work in line with Your purposes and plans for my life. I embrace Your work in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Fear of the Lord” is to have a “healthy respect, honour and reverence” for who God is. Men and women of faith ought to “walk in the fear of God” and “serve the Lord with fear.” Wherever God appeared to men of God, the results were the same—an overwhelming sense of fear. When God spoke, Abram stretched himself upon the ground to listen. When Moses saw the Lord in the burning bush, he hid his face in fear to look upon God. Isaiah’s vision of God caused him to cry, “Woe is me! I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.”
What does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 10:12