Day 8: “Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star”
We want so badly to be able to explain everything to the natural, human mind. Sometimes we forget that we serve the supernatural God. Although He uses nature and natural things to accomplish His plans (as we read last week in Luke when he brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem through a mandatory, government census), His ways are also supernatural. The star that led the magi to Bethlehem is one of the wonders of the Christmas story. Let it sink in today, that He is the God of our hearts, and the God of ALL creation, even the stars!
Day 9: “Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus”
Todays reading is one that we should not quickly pass over, but it is so important for us to stop and ask the Lord to search our own hearts. Today, let’s ask God to reveal any indifference in our heart that we may have towards Christ and worshipping Him. Secondly, let’s ask Him if we have any hostility towards Him and His ways. Whatever it may be, God is waiting with open arms to embrace us in our journey, He gives mercy and grace when we repent and turn from those ways. He then gives us a heart that is willing to walk in step with Him.
Day 10: “ Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh”
“The Magi’s gifts were intensifiers of desire for Christ in much the same way fasting is for us. When you give this type of gift to Christ, it’s a way of saying, “the joy that I pursue is not the hope of getting rich with things from you. I have not come to you for what you might give me, but for yourself. And this desire I now intensify and demonstrate by giving up these things in the hope of enjoying you more and enjoying things less. By giving you what you do not need, and what I might enjoy, I am saying more earnestly and more authentically, “you are my treasure, not these things.”
Day 11: Why Jesus Came
Today’s reading gives a beautiful picture of why Jesus had to come for us. It closes with the words “We are free from the fear of death because God has justified us.” Take time to contemplate all that Christ did for you in his birth, life and especially his death and resurrection.
Day 12: Replacing the Shadows
God himself gave instructions for the earthly temple to be built in the Old Testament. This was a natural representation and a shadow of the true and real sanctuary of God (which exists in heavenly places). Hebrews 8:2 says that there is a true tent that God dwells in, made by His own hands, not mans’ hands. Jesus came that we would walk with God himself, not just a shadow of who He is.
Day 13: The Final Reality is Here
I love the glimpse we get into what Jesus Christ himself is actively doing right now in Heaven on our behalf. He came, lived this life, died, rose again, and now Hebrews tells us that He is our High Priest. He is seated at the right hand of God, and he represents us, you and me individually, before God himself! We don’t have to go to a priest to have access to God, as the Israelites had to do in the Old Testament. We now have a direct connection with Him because of Jesus.
Day 14: Making it Real for His People
“God does not lay His Christmas gift of salvation and transformation down for you to pick up in your own strength; he picks it up and puts it in your heart and in your mind, and seals to you that you are a child of God.”