Daily Devotional

December 25, 2019

Beyond Christmas

Matthew 1:23
Look! The Virgin will conceive a child. She will have a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us.

Written by: Tiffany Robinson

Christmas is celebrated in many ways. Many of us have slight variations of traditions. One of my family’s traditions is stockings. I know most people do stockings, but we take it to the next level. We put items in our stockings that hint at what our gifts might be. So, batteries equal electronics or socks could mean new shoes. It is a fun, suspenseful way to look forward to what is to come.

The first Christmas looked quite strange to almost everyone. Mary was poor and pregnant in an unbelievable way. They had no place to stay. She was going to have her baby soon. A baby was delivered in a filthy stable surrounded by livestock. He was born into the mess of this world to be with us. Talk about a suspenseful way to start the story of Jesus!

From the moment He came to earth, Jesus did things contrary to the world around Him. He lived a perfect life and taught people about grace and truth. He spent time with people no one else did. He called disciples from people who were deemed unworthy by everyone else. In everything He did, He chose people.

Christmas is about Jesus. It marks the beginning of God’s plans to save all people. But Jesus isn’t the reason for Christmas, people are. Jesus came to be with people, to love people and to save people. He came to give us an example of how to treat and love people. That goes beyond Christmas.

Just like Jesus, we should live like people are the reason. When we serve others, we bring joy to those around us and ourselves.

CASV-12.25Thought of the day: How can we make our lives more about others and less about ourselves?

Prayer: God, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to save us from our sin. Thank You that He was a model for all of us to learn from. Help us to live out Jesus’ example of putting people first. Give us margin to serve others and love others the way Jesus served and loved us. Amen.


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