A Son is Given

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Devotion:  Isaiah 9:6

God’s only begotten, Son. How can this be; that God would give up His only Son for you and me?  Jesus was part of God’s redemption plan.  When God scooped the dust out of the ground to create Adam; it wasn’t like He was surprised when Eve and Adam sinned in that perfect Garden of Eden.  Omniscient God knows all things.  He knew the people would need a Savior.

Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make man in our image…” The Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit has always existed.  When God speaks of “plans formed long ago;”  He knew He would send Jesus to this world for the purpose of our redemption.

Perfect, sinless little Lamb sent to the world to save us.  This  Lamb was given in exchange for you and me.  God’s Son.  Why do you think there are so many lamb toys for babies?  Most of the world believes it’s just a cute little toy. representing a baby. They don’t have a clue about the true representation; however, neither does the manufacturer.  They just make what they are told to make.

In Old Testament times, many lambs were slaughtered to take away the sins of the people.  Much blood ran down under those sacrificial altars in the front of the temple.  No more lambs would need to be slaughtered after The Lamb of God; God’s Son gave up His life for yours and mine.  He was not forced to give His life.  He chose to lay down His life.

Prayer in Motion:

Heavenly Father; thank You for giving Your only begotten Son to this world.  Your great love is so amazing!  I get to spend eternity with You and all those beloved saints who’ve gone on before me.

 

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A Child is Born

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Devotion:  Isaiah 9:6

Just when you think you couldn’t love another baby any more than the existing one(s); a new child is born.  There’s something about the newness of a baby and God always makes room in your heart for every precious child.  Sometimes you feel as if your heart would burst with love for the children He knew before the foundation of the earth.

The Christ child was the One baby who’s birth caused quite a stir.  King Herod was not happy about the New King who had arrived in Nazareth.  The magi had come specifically to seek out baby Jesus; so Herod asked them to come back by the palace, to give him a full report.  In his most deceitful voice; he declared; “I too want to worship Him.”

Herod was filled with jealousy.  Had this King come to take His place? The earthly king would seek to destroy the Christ Child all the days of His life.  No one could really steal the life of this Child.  No one!  Jesus would willingly lay down His life for you and for me.

From the time of His first cry; this Child would turn the world upside down.  People either loved Him or hated Him.  There was no in between.  Many religious leaders sought to kill Him.  Every time He would declare Himself to be the Son of God, the Pharisees would burn with anger.  You see; they were looking for a royal, rich king, not One who essentially owned nothing in this world.  These leaders didn’t understand He was indeed God’s only begotten Son, the Christ Child.

Prayer in Motion:

Dear Lord, I worship You today.  I know in my heart that You are Jesus the Christ, LORD of heaven and earth.  Thank You for coming to this world for me.  You are indeed more than amazing; more than wonderful, more than marvelous, more than miraculous could ever be.  Yes You are!  I offer up my worship in Spirit and in truth to the King of Kings and LORD of LORDS!  Amen!

 

For Unto Us

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Devotion:  Isaiah 9:6

Unto us?  I’ll never get over why God would send His only begotten Son for us.  Earthlings.  His earthlings. Created in His image, but so humanly flawed. He never gives up on us. The Father gave His perfect sinless Son for his perfectly sinful created beings. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. His grace truly is amazing.

Sweet little Jesus Child, came to earth on our behalf.  Second Person of the Trinity; existing before the foundation of the world, chose to come to this dusty earth, to be the Savior of us.

“Think about His love.  Think about His goodness.  Think about His grace that’s brought us through.  For as high as the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’s love.”  I couldn’t help but correlate this beloved song with this verse from Isaiah.  I’m always overwhelmed by today’s verse.  It’s message rings true in the depth of Christian souls all over this world.

What in the world?  Why in the world? For who in the world?  Us, sweet friend. We are the “us”, for whom Christ was born into this world.  I pray this brings you into His presence, to worship the only begotten Son of God.

We will continue to examine this verse for the next few days.  I want us to look at one phrase at a time.  Mediate upon it.  Drink it into your spirit all day long.  “For unto us.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, we worship You.  Thank You for leaving Your Father’s throne to come for us.  You willingly gave up Your High and Holy position; to come down to earth.  You knew us before the foundation of the earth.  You knew everything we would go through.  You came to take away our sins, our sorrows, our grief and our lostness.  You came to save us.  We bless Your Holy Name, the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

Preparing the Way

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Devotion:  Isaiah 40:3

When the LORD asked Isaiah whom shall I send?  Who will go for Me?  Isaiah said: “Here am I, send me.”  Oh that we would have a heart to obey that quickly.  Are you standing ready to hear; ready to obey, as quickly as you hear the Savior’s voice?

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John reiterate this powerful message to prepare the way of the LORD.  All of us need to be the voice of one crying out in this world.  People get ready; Jesus is coming soon!  We do not know the day nor the hour; however, we must be preparing ourselves and all those God has given us.

I think of the people throwing down their coats as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  It would not be long before His crucifixion; however, people were bringing Him honor and glory by “making a way” for the One who is the Way.  They were honoring the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

In John 14:6 Jesus declared Himself as “the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No man comes to the Father but by Me.”  We can’t be good enough, rich enough or strong enough to earn or deserve eternal life with Jesus.  Salvation does not work that way.

It’s a gift!  A free gift!  We are called to confess our sins, repent and believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and we will be saved.  Then we need to tell the good news of what Christ has done for us.  Go out into our “Judea and Samaria” and share the best news anyone ever heard, There is a way to have peace and joy, while on earth as well and then forever in heaven.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I be preparing the way; for people to know You, to accept You in their hearts.  I want to be preparing the way for Your return.  You have gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us to Yourself.  Oh God, may I take every opportunity to share the good news.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

The Star

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Devotion:  Matthew 2:1-2

I love the fact that God created a star for the wisemen and shepherds to follow to the birthplace of Jesus.  After He’d created millions and millions of other stars; He created this one very bright star to lead the way.

My husband and I took three of our six grandchildren to see the Disney Movie called The Star.  It’s the sweetest little movie from the animals perspective of Mary and Joseph from the time of Jesus conception; as well as the birth of Jesus.  My grandchildren absolutely loved it.  It had lots of funny parts because donkeys are stubborn.

I was afraid Disney would take liberties with our most precious Christmas story but honestly apart from the animal humor and the story line itself; it was pretty much straight up. From the beginning of the angel appearing to Mary; All the parts about Herod and his pursuit to kill Jesus; Elizabeth and Zachariah, the no room in any inn.  It was all kept in there.  They did not slay the message of Jesus our king.  The wisemen and shepherds all bowed down to worship Jesus as they presented their gold, frankincense and myrh.

If you have young children; I believe they would enjoy seeing this movie.  It would open up doors of opportunity to share more in depth with them later.  God’s gift of His only begotten Son is such an amazing story and you cannot begin sharing it too early.  It’s the greatest story ever told and one that changed our lives forever if we choose to believe.

Prayer in Motion:

Thank You LORD for leading me to salvation through the One and Only Christ child.  Thank You for leading the magi the Kings and the Shepherds so long ago; to meet the Savior of the World.  I’m forever grateful to You LORD.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

 

Going Home

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Devotion:  John 14:2-3

I remember a sweet neighbor of mine named Judy Jefferies.  In her latter years she would say, “I just want to go home but I don’t know where home is.”  Her children were scattered all over the country.  She was longing for familiarity of family.

Most of us gathered together with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.  Sweet reunions happened all over America. Parades were watched.  Lots of screams, yells and sighs were heard all over our nation; as we watched our football teams win or lose.  Exclamations of victory or defeat were shared among family and friends.

With hearts full of gratitude; we gathered around bountiful tables, filled with all our favorites.  We shared life’s stories and listened to squeals of children running through the house, playing hide and seek.

We all made memories for which we are forever grateful.

Home is wherever your loved ones gather.  Reunions are so precious because we get to love on “our people.”  It’s so sweet to have them all under one roof, at one time.  Don’t you love hearing their stories and hearing their laughter about days gone by?

For those who are saved and sealed for their day of redemption; we get to spend eternity together.  There’s an old song called; “What a Day that Will Be.”  We will never again be separated by death or time or space.

We haven’t yet seen our eternal home.  On that glorious day of our home going; we will behold the face of our Jesus; the One whom we’ve lived to serve.  Can you imagine?  We will also see our friends and family members who’ve gone on before us. We will finally be home.

Prayer in Motion:

Thank You LORD for family and friends with whom we get to do this life.  I am forever grateful to You.  You have gone to prepare a place for me and will come again and receive me to Yourself.  I love the people You have placed in my life with all my heart; however,  I also look forward to my heavenly home.  Until then; I ask You to help me serve You to the fullest.  I want to draw nigh to You LORD;  on all the days You have ordained for me.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

Do All You Do With Love

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Devotion:  1 Corinthians 16:14

This season can be the hardest.  For many people; it’s their first Christmas without a loved one.  Some women find themselves without their husbands; either through divorce or death.  Both are extremely difficult.  Sorrow upon sorrow.  Separation is the hardest thing.  Those we have lived our lives to serve are no longer with us.  The grief can be unbearable.  If it weren’t for Jesus Christ who bore our grief on the cross, we could not breathe another breath, take another step or eat another bite.

This happiest season of all is not always so for all people.  What can you do to make a difference in the lives of those you know and even those you do not know?  I would exhort you by the mercies you have been given; go out and love on somebody.  It might be a difficult task you are called upon to do; in this busiest time of the year.

Why don’t we begin by asking our LORD to show us someone we can love on?  It might be you can give the gift of time or a meal or show an act of kindness. It just might be the best Christmas you’ve ever had; to operate outside of your normal hurry and scurry.

Think of someone you can encourage through words or deeds.  Do all you do in love. The Bible says:  “Love covers a multitude of sins.”  This season of love is our time to shine, to show the world we are Christians by our love.

Remember; “Give and it shall be given to you; pressed down, shaken together, running over….God will lay it in your lap.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I pray that I will love people the way You love me.  You are an amazing Savior who gave up everything for me; so I could love on those You bring my way.  I want to live my life by loving others the way You first loved me.  May it be so in Jesus Name.  Amen.