Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Jesus}

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9-10 NIV).


The sound of Christmas carols mixed with the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls means it must be the morning we have anticipated – it’s Christmas! There is a birthday in the house and it’s time to celebrate! Break out the streamers, the balloons, and the cake! Bring out the gifts!

The angels proclaim, Jesus Christ is born! Glory to God! Peace on Earth!

The King of kings and Prince of Peace has arrived as a sweet baby and today the world takes time to pause, remember, and reflect upon the present of His earthly presence.

Today’s Scripture:

Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭23‬ NLT).

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them (Luke 2:6-7 NLT).

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son (John 1:14 NLT).

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them (Luke 2: 8-20 NLT).

Today’s Snapshot: Baby Jesus

He didn’t come to our world as a mighty warrior, yet He would be known as the Prince of Peace. He wasn’t born in a regal palace, yet He was considered the King of kings. We were looking for someone to save us physically, but Jesus came to save us Spiritually.

The Son of God descended from Heaven to fill the gap which had been present in mankind since Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the garden.

Jesus came because of love, and Jesus loved when He came.

He came to show us how to live as The Father intended us to live – with grace, peace, and mercy. Then, He became the final sacrifice to atone for each of our sins, offer forgiveness, and offer eternal life to those who choose to believe.

God gave us the perfect gift of His Son.

The present is His presence {Emmanuel} God with us until the very end.

Today we celebrate His birth, His eternal life, and we look forward to when He will come again!

Family Discussion:
This Christmas, will you allow Him to open your heart, so that He may reveal His presence to you?  The promise is for all of us. When you accept the gift of His Son, His presence fills you, and you are grafted into the faith-family tree.

Closing Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise You for the present of Your presence which is greater than any gift under the tree.  Your Son is the greatest gift.  May You open the eyes of our hearts, so that our “snapshots” may be a part of Your “big picture.” We know there is much more to come, because what we can see is only a glimpse of Your glory.  Jesus is the Light of the World who came to our world because of the vast darkness. Today we are Basking in Your Light and the fullness of the presence of Christ in us {Emmanuel} is radiating from within.
Merry Christmas!
In the Precious Name of Jesus, We Pray,

Basking in His Light

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