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Art by Catherine Cotton

DECEMBER 25

Merry Christmas!

John 3:16 & Matthew 1:22-23

Merry Christmas!

You have presents to open and children to hug and food to eat, but before all of that, do the one thing that is necessary and sit at the feet of your King. Listen to Him as He tells you the glorious message that He came 2,000 years ago to give you:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Read John 3:16

How much did God love the world?

Think about all the people you love and all the presents you have wrapped for them. Think about the most expensive and most costly gift you have ever given. Now consider again the love of God showed in the cost of the gift He gave.

How much does God love you? Think about the person you love most. What would you give up for them? What would you give them up for?

The Father gave up the person He loved most for you. Don’t let that pass by you this Christmas day.

Moments may come when you do not feel loved by God. Seasons might come when you doubt His goodness, when you question if He is really for you and if He is trustworthy.

When those seasons come, remember Christmas. Set it in your mind. God wanted to be with you so much that He gave up the most precious person in the universe. He wanted to be with you in your sin and suffering, in the significant and the small, and so He wrote the birthday of Christ into the pages of history to make a way to be with you.

Read Matthew 1:22-23

The birth of Jesus, the miracle of Christmas, took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”

He has come. The years of waiting and wondering are over. They have given way to the flesh-and-blood proof that our Father is faithful. And as we wait for His return, we don’t wait alone, because our God is with us.

Before you do another thing today, enjoy that glorious and magnificent gift. Just spend some time sitting and being in the presence of the God who is with you.