Tweet Day 353 Luke 1:37 “For no word from God will ever fail.” After the angel declared all the impossible events that would transpire to bring about the Savior’s birth he gave Mary this final reassurance; nothing God says ever fails. You can count on it, you can rest your life on it. If God said he would do it, he will do it. What God spoke through the Prophets long ago is now being fulfilled, just has he said it would. A baby boy will be born to Mary, in Bethlehem, and he will bring peace on earth. We too, like Mary, can take heart in knowing that no matter how impossible what God has spoken to our heart may seem to us, no word from God will ever fail!
Tweet Day 352 “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (Luke 1:35) The angel answers Mary’s question as to how all that angel had just announced would come to pass. It will all happen by the power of the Holy Spirit. The conception, the star in east, the Magi, all of it, will be the work the Spirit of God. The Christmas story is an open display of the influence and power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the will of God. No matter how difficult it may seem to us, the Holy Spirit will bring it to pass. You can trust that what God declares will be so. You don’t have to stress out or make it happen. You just need to trust God and play the small part he requires of you; his Spirit will do the more »
Tweet Day 351 “…and he will reign over Jacobs descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:33) Jesus came to establish his kingdom here on earth. His kingdom is not an earthly dominion, it is a spiritual kingdom. He does not want to rule the geo-political powers of the world; he wants to rule the hearts of men. He does not rule by force but through love. His rule will never end and nothing can stop it. Jesus rules the hearts of men through faith. You can live under the blessings of King Jesus or you can serve the kingdoms of this world, the choice is yours. Take time today to reaffirm your decision to live under his control and rejoice that the King of Glory will rule forever.
Tweet Day 350 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:32) Jesus humbled himself and became a man, born of a woman, but he is not ordinary. He is the Son, the One and Only Son, of the Most High. Mary must understand that her child is God’s Son. She will nurture and mother him, but he is the Son of God. What a wonderfully divine plan, Jesus the Son of God is also the son of Mary. He is both God and man. He is weak but strong, vulnerable yet exalted. He draped his almightiness with the flesh of earthliness to demonstrate that God’s love for us has no bounds. Love so amazing! He did all this for you and for me.
Tweet Day 349 “…and you are to call him Jesus.” (Luke 1:31) The instructions were direct and specific; no other name was to be considered. His name is derived from the Hebrew name for Joshua, or Ye-shua, which defined his mission as savior of the world. Just as Joshua of old led God’s people into their promised land, Jesus would lead us all into the fullness of God’s grace. Salvation will come through no one else. Only Jesus has been named the Savior; that is the mission he came to fulfill. So, Mary and Joseph are to give him the name of Jesus for their child will be the One to save humanity from the torment and death of sin. Only their son will bring life to all who call on his name, to all who put their faith in the name of Jesus.
Tweet Day 348 “You will conceive and give birth to a son.” (Luke 1:31) This is how Jesus’ birth is announced to Mary. In one short statement the whole plan of the incarnation of our savior is promised. God will clothe himself in humanity by being conceived and born via a young woman who loves and honors God. Only God, the Creator of the universe, can do this. Jesus’ entry into the world is a reminder that no matter how difficult what God asks us to do, he is able to make it happen. God loves to do what seems impossible to us. Don’t try to make God’s promises come to pass in your strength; trust that the One who made the promises is more than able to do the impossible to keep every promise he has made.
Tweet Day 347 “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” (Malachi 4:2) The prophet predicts Jesus’ incarnational ministry. The Son will shine in our darkness with healing, like the sun brings life to nature. Jesus brings wholeness and health to all who put their faith in him. All those on whom the Sun shines will be filled of joy and praise. No matter what you are facing Jesus can shine his light into your circumstance, bringing life and wholeness to every area of your being. Then you, too, will go out with joy like a calf let out of its stall!
Tweet Day 346 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The Apostle John states it so clearly and succinctly, Jesus came into our world because God loves us. There is no other agenda, nothing else driving his actions; he sent his Son because he loves us. God saw our brokenness and need and sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. Now all that we need to do is believe, believe that Jesus came from the Father, believe that through his sacrifice we have forgiveness and are reconciled with God. Take some time today to reflect on the magnitude of God’s love for you. Thank him for loving you so much that he gave his Son so that through him you could have life everlasting.
Tweet Day 345 “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:18) Jesus came into our world to make God known to us. Being God himself, Jesus alone knows God in His fullness. So, he took on the form and nature of man in order to reveal the heart of God to the world. Jesus became God in the flesh, very much man and very much God. He did it to make God knowable to us. He did it so that so we would experience God’s love and grace in our lives. He did it so that we would be one with the Father through faith him. This is the good news of Christmas; Jesus came into the world so that we could share in the same relationship with more »
Tweet Day 344 “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) When Jesus came to the world the world did not see him because they did not believe. Faith opens your eyes to see clearly. When we believe we not only see a child in a manger, we see a Savior. When we believe we not only see stars in the sky, we see the Star shining in the east. When we believe we hear angels sing praise to the newborn King. Are you seeing with faith? Open your heart today and see the glory of the one and only Son, who is full of grace and truth.