Wednesday, December 20, 2023
This time of year, many celebrate the advent of God in human flesh, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, * Who came to earth as Immanuel, God with us.  As we remember the sweetness, hardship, and brutality  of Jesus' birth, we must not forget what this birth means for Jesus and us:
As we enter into this season of joy, let's do as Paul commanded: "Thank God! He gives us the victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ." Because Jesus is our Savior and Lord, we can be "strong" in our faith, "immovable" in our hope, and enthusiastic in our "work for the Lord" because "nothing" we do for the Lord Jesus and in Christ is wasted or "useless." Jesus' coming to earth as a child of Mary, conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit, protected in His early life by Joseph the carpenter, promises us victory and life beyond this life.
Let's use this season to rejoice and give thanks to God, share our hope in Jesus, and share the Lord's love with those around us. Jesus is the reason for the season, but even more, He is the reason for our love, hope, peace, and joy!
Almighty God, You sustained Your people and kept Your promises from the call of Abraham through the reign of King David and down through the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. I believe, almighty God, that Jesus fulfilled Your promises for the Messiah, including His role as the Suffering Servant promised by Isaiah the prophet. * Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection opened the door for my salvation and victory over sin and death. So, dear Father, as I celebrate this season of Jesus' birth, ^ I rejoice and give thanks for Your love, plan to save me, and the gift of sharing in Jesus' victory. I pray in the name of the only Savior, Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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