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WEEK 28 | The Birth of Jesus


This year, I have posted weekly devotionals walking through the Bible.


The first part of the Bible makes some amazing promises. God created Adam and Eve so that they could have a relationship with Him and enjoy Him, but they did what they weren’t supposed to do, and as a result, they lost that personal relationship with Him.


But in Genesis 3:15, God makes an amazing promise that He will do something about their sin. He says to Satan, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”


This is a promise that one of Eve’s descendent will destroy Satan.


In 1800 BC, God makes another amazing promise to Abraham. In Genesis 12:3, God says, “In you, all the families of the Earth shall be blessed.”


God promises that through Abraham He will bless all people and all families.


800 years later in 1000 BC, God made a promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7:12-14: “When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.”


God promised that David will have a descendent who will rule over the eternal kingdom and that God will have a father/son relationship with him.


In about 70 BC, God made a promise to Micah. In Micah 5:2, God said, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”


This promise is that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and that he will be supernatural and have existed before he was born.


At the same time, God made a promise to Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”


The name Immanuel means, “God, with us.” God is promising both a miraculous birth and that there will be something supernatural about the son.


About 700 years later, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin who pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”


Mary was greatly troubled by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”


“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”


The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called Holy, the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”


“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:34-38).


You can see in this passage all the promises God is beginning to keep.


Mary later visited Elizabeth and a song. In the middle of it, she said, “His mercy extends to those who fear him (Luke 1:50).”


When Jesus was born, that good news that will cause great joy for all the people was first announced in Luke 2:8 to a group of shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.


Then all of a sudden, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God, and said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2:13).”


Peace means that the conflict has ceased and the relationship between us and God has been restored.


We now have peace because of the birth and death of Jesus. We can have that peace when we aren’t fighting God, and when we only fill voids in our lives by the only source that can fill it: the relationship with God we have through Jesus.


The ABCs


To receive God’s peace and blessings, we only need to follow the ABCs:

ADMIT - Admit that we are sinners, and when we don’t seek, find, and obey God, we are separated from Him and can’t find peace. BELIEVE - Believe that Jesus is the son of God, and He died for our sins.

COMMIT - Commit yourself to God and Jesus. Commit to having a relationship with Him and obeying Him.


THIS WEEK


1 - How will you keep your peace? What can you do to grow closer to Jesus?

2 - What is one thing you know you need to do to better obey God’s word?

3 - What is one thing that is getting in your way and keeping you from doing so?

4 - What can you do to overcome that barrier?



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