December 25, 2017

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2:11

Oh glorious day! Our savior has come.

He was born to a humble carpenter's wife. He came for those whose hearts were open to him, regardless of status. 

His birth was announced by glorious angels to dirty, disdained shepherds. He came for the lowliest souls who knew they needed cleansing. He came for the disenfranchised.

He came for the...

December 24, 2017

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."

Luke 2:7

When God came to the earth as a human, he came in a dichotomy of absolute humbleness and the glorious announcement fit for divinity. Even the stars were changed by his entrance. The Almighty God of the universe made himself a helpless baby so that he could save us from o...

December 23, 2017

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21

Not much is known about Joseph, Jesus' adoptive father, but scripture tells us he was a man who feared the Lord. He was a man of compassion, planning to divorce Mary quietly when he found out she was pregnant. He did not want to shame her, or worse, cause her to be stoned to death per adultery law...

December 22, 2017

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant."

Luke 1:47-48

Looking through God's story of salvation, we see a theme: God loves to use the ones the world doesn't expect. He chooses the lowly and undeserving. 

The Prince of Peace was not born to a queen in a palace. He didn't come in grandeur. His mother was not even the da...

December 21, 2017

"For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
    make his paths straight.’”

Matthew 3:3

We prepare for Christmas. We shop, wrap presents, bake, clean, and cook. We decorate our trees, hang lights, and play carols to conjure up the Christmas spirit. Are we preparing our hearts?

"Prepare the Way of the Lord, John the Bap...

December 20, 2017

"And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God."

Luke 1:63-64

When God broke the silence, he broke it loudly.

After 400 years of no word from the Lord, he finally spoke to a priest named Zechariah. The parallels between Zechariah and Abraham are striking.

Both Abraham and Zechariah we...

December 19, 2017

"I will take my stand at my watchpost
    and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
    and what I will answer concerning my complaint"

Habakkuk 2:1

What do we  we do in a world full  of injustice where our just God seems silent? We wait for our God. What do we do when the evil keep on winning and the arrogant keep succeeding? We watch for our God. What do we...

December 18, 2017

"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14

In the book of Esther, God seems silent. His name is never mentioned. There are no words that come directly from him. 

To the Jewish exiles in Persia, he probably seemed silent too. They were...

December 17, 2017

"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days."

Micah 5:2

In the corner of a tiny, insignificant town, the Savior of the world was born. He didn't come to the metropolis and religious center of Jerusalem. He...

December 16, 2017

"But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Jonah 2:9

After Jonah runs from God's calling to preach to Nineveh, God sends a great storm after Jonah. The sailors hurl Jonah and into the sea and a large fish comes and swallows him, saving him from drowning. Jonah recognizes that...

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