Christmas Day Daily Devotion Wednesday, December 25

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – Psalm 137; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16 and John 3:31-36

First and foremost; Merry Christmas – Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here’s the question I’d like all of us to ponder as we celebrate this day and in the days to come. What difference does it make to you that Jesus was born and lived?

Yesterday evening Phyllis and I caught the end of one of the great Christmas classics; “It’s a Wonderful Life”. As many will know part of the plot the movie is that the business man, father, husband gets to experience what life in his home town would have been like if he’d never been born.

Think about how different life would be if God had never sent his Son to be born.

Thanks be to God that Jesus was born over 2,000 years ago. He lived amongst us and with us; sharing God’s love and God’s light with us and then dying for us. Thanks be to God that Jesus was born for us and all the world.

Here’s some thoughts for today from our daily readings.

Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4 – 5:2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
3Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.

1 John 4:7-16 – 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. ….

16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

As one of your readings for today, I invite you to join me in continuing to hear of God’s love given to us as recorded in the gospel of Luke;

Continuing our readings from Luke; Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Merry Christmas to one and to all a blessed day.

O God, thank you for sending Your Son, thank for that gift that does truly keep on giving. Guide me, guide Your people to find ways to share your love with others and help them to know that you are God, the God who truly does love us and wants to be in relationship with us. During our hectic Christmas celebrations may we find many opportunities to give thanks to you for the reason for this season – Jesus. Amen.

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