God Sent His Son
In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. — Colossians 2:9
On that first Christmas night in Bethlehem,
God was manifested in the flesh. — 1 Timothy 3:16
This manifestation was in the person of Jesus Christ.
What an incredible truth! Think of it: the God of the universe came down from Heaven that first Christmas night and took human form! As the words of the familiar Christmas carol declare, “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’ incarnate Deity.”
If you want to know what God is like, then take a long look at Jesus Christ — because He was God in human flesh. In Him were displayed not only the perfections that had been exhibited in the creation — such as wisdom, power, and majesty — but also such perfections as justice, mercy, grace, and love.
The Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. — John 1:1, John 1:14
To His disciples Jesus said,
You believe in God, believe also in Me. — John 14:1
This sequence of faith is inevitable. if we believe in what God made and what God said, we will believe in the one whom God sent.
The Anthem of His Name
God also has… given Him the name which is above every name. — Philippians 2:9
Over two thousand years ago, on a night the world has come to call Christmas, a young Jewish maiden went through the experience countless mothers had before her: she brought forth a Child.
But this birth was like no other in the history of the human race. For one thing, this Child had no human father. As the angel had promised,
The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the highest will overshadow you. — Luke 1:35
In humble obedience the Virgin Mary responded,
Let it be to me according to your word. — Luke 1:38
But it also was like no other birth because of the One who was born. This was no ordinary Child. This was the unique Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins.
Amid the glitter and busyness of the season, don’t lose sight of the miracle of that first Christmas.
With the wise men, let us fall down and worship Him (Matthew 2:11).
Excerpted with permission from Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham, copyright Billy Graham.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Devotionals Daily! We thank You, Lord, for the miraculous gift of Jesus!
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! — Luke 2:10-11