DAY TWENTY-FIVE (25 DEC 2020) - COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
Extra readings: Luke 2: 10-14; John 12:23-29
Stephen Covey (7 Habits) wrote that “Habit 2 is based on imagination–the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes.” The idea behind beginning with the end in mind is based on the principle that all things are created twice - there is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation.
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was both (a) the realisation of the dream which began in the heart of God to redeem mankind from their sin and (b) it was the beginning of the journey which would take Jesus to the cross of Calvary where he would realise the dream and redeem mankind from their sin.
In this day of rejoicing at the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ there is a bittersweet reminder that he was born to die. The good news is that after he paid the price for our sin he was resurrected and in that resurrection lies our joy in the celebration of Christmas.
The gift that Jesus gives us on Christmas, and every day of the year, is simply this; you are free to choose. However, God’s heart is that your choices will be wise ones. Choices that lead to eternal life. Deuteronomy 30:20 advises, “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life”.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us your Son, Jesus Christ.
Do this devotional as a family:
Listen to this song as you enjoy your Christmas day