"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11). Merry Christmas to each of you! As families gather today to exchange gifts, sing songs, and enjoy the fellowship and the food, let's be sure to take time to worship Him who is the reason for the day. Though we are aware that Christ was probably not birthed on December 25, we take this day to commemorate and celebrate His coming.

The Word of God is clear: He is God in the flesh, born of a virgin, and the One the angel proclaimed was to be named JESUS and "... Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." (Matthew 1:21, 23). We acknowledge and rejoice today in God's love to us in sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. God says of Him, "... This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5).

We must not only reflect on God's love in sending Jesus, but also on His purpose in coming. Mankind is born in sin and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). But God gave a gift - His only begotten Son - to be a ransom, a payment, an offering for our sin debt. Glory to God! I will not die in my sin. Take a moment today and share with someone your own personal salvation experience in Christ.

In Matthew 2, we have the coming of the wise men to worship Him. They came bearing gifts. As you exchange gifts with one another today, spend a moment in prayer to thank Him for the greatest gift of all - Himself and salvation. Giving is an expression of love one towards another. Be sure to make Him a priority in your giving this season. Make a commitment on this Christmas Day to be faithful in your tithes and offerings for 2020. He made a promise and kept it; would you make a promise to Him on this Christmas Day to be faithful in your giving?

Enjoy your day! Reach out to someone you know who may be struggling with the loss of a loved one. An empty seat at the table reminds us of our loss. Pray first for them by name; then call, send a text, or leave a voicemail reminding them that you care.

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Written by Dr. Bill Duttry
December 25, 2019