May you turn to the Word, the Creator, the Light, the Life to scatter your darkness forevermore in this the most wonderful of seasons. Welcome Him anew into your heart today! Let His light flood your soul with peace and comfort!
That’s the story of Christmas, isn’t it? As the angel said, “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). There it is. He paid the price for our sins.
When we contemplate all that Christ has done for us, as described in these verses and in many others too, the depiction of Him as our Savior is so fitting. This Christmas let’s proclaim wholeheartedly to ourselves and others: Jesus is our Savior!
God’s gift of Jesus shows us how much God loved the world. So as you enjoy the Christmas season, consider how traditions that minimize your focus on self and turn your attention to others can honor the teachings of Jesus, God’s gift.
The baby Jesus is worth so much more than any earthly gift. Christmas presents are enjoyed for a little while; Jesus will be enjoyed for all eternity. Remember this season to sing praises to Jesus, as the angels and the shepherds did. Jesus is worthy of all honor and glory.
This Christmas, when we are encouraged to focus on Jesus, let us consider our own vulnerability and take comfort. While here, Jesus had to depend on the same Heavenly Father as we do. Thankfully, God is faithful.
Herein is the mystery. If the newborn in Mary’s arms is God, then was He at the same time sustaining all the universe? Scholars puzzle as to how this could be.
Paul identifies this two-fold miraculous mirror effect of Christ in 2 Corinthians: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”
Few could have imagined that Isaiah’s prayer would be answered in a manger in Bethlehem. But it is here, in the arms of Mary and Joseph,
Unfortunately, the man and woman fell from blessing when they chose to obey the serpent (Satan) rather than God (Genesis 3).
The phrase “promise keeper” is powerful because it evokes character traits of trustworthiness, truthfulness, and faithfulness.
The Son of God is the eternal one: He has existed from eternity past. He created all things, both in heaven and on earth (Colossians 1:16). And He “is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”—stated in chronological order (Revelation 4:8).