Merry Christmas! This is my last entry for our 2014 Advent devotional. In January 2015 this site will undergo some changes, but remain dedicated to devotions and reflections together. The point of this has been and will be that God is worth talking about. And we tend to talk about Him in groups. This is what church is. Christmas Eve is a day for church, a day for talking and singing to and about God, a day for worshipping Him. Think of what He’s done for us. The story of the birth of Christ tells us many things, here are a few:
1) God has had a plan for saving us since before we were born. I know this can raise hard questions, but, for me, no question blocks the light of hope and care that emits from a settled understanding of God’s timeless, sovereign love.
2) This timeless love of God is a person, not an idea. Jesus Christ was born of a woman on earth. He was and is a person.
3) Though Christ is timeless, He’s also timely. His birth was perfectly timed in history. Everything He does in our lives also is perfectly timed, though this can sometimes be impossible to see or appreciate. He came when, where, how, and why the prophets foretold.
- Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
- Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Lord, in the fullness of time You came and You’ll come again to set us free from sin and death and restore all that’s been lost or taken. You’ve come to set things right. By faith in You we can live and rejoice. Thank You for this season and this life of Advent! Amen.