She gave birth to a son,
a male child,
who will rule all the nations
with an iron scepter.
And her child was snatched up to God
and to His throne.
Many people go through the motions of the holidays, buying gifts, baking cookies, and sending Christmas cards; but after it is all said and done, they are left with a longing in their heart, a vast emptiness that was not filled by all the merriment of the season. December becomes a month in which credit cards and stress levels are maxed out. And though precious memories are made on Christmas morning, there is no lasting meaning for the celebration.
For Christians however, Christmas is a time to celebrate and rejoice that Jesus came down in the form of a baby and brought salvation to an undeserving world. Today, focus your thoughts on the only true and lasting meaning of Christmas, that Christ came down from heaven to bring us gifts that remain even after the day is over: hope, peace, and love.
Wishing each of you the merriest Christmas this year!
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways Devotional, December 25.
Although the plan of salvation was a mystery to those of the time of Jesus and prior, it has been revealed. We stand at a point in history where we have the testimony of the Old Testament and the New Testament, and the nature of God’s salvation in Christ has been clearly revealed in the pages of the New Testament. God kept his promise in the past-Jesus, God’s Messiah, died to bring salvation to his people-and Christ will keep his promise to come again.
“God has gone to great lengths to put His truth into written form and protect it down through the ages so we could spend eternity with Him.” Charles Stanley
Portions of commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, Nov 21.