29 Nov Presence Devotional 2
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:19-21
… “he will save his people from their sins.” Jesus came to save. The name – Jesus – literally means: “God saves”. Jesus came to save, to take from death to life, to rescue – people from their sins. Stop and think about that one thing for just a moment – Jesus came to save. His whole purpose was to come and live a sinless life – so his sin-bearing death – could save you. He would exchange his perfect life – for your sin-full life. He came to save.
Christmas gets crazy. It is often our favorite time of year … and it is often our least favorite time of the year.
It is our favorite because: we get to see family, we get to give and get presents, and we get to slow down a little.
It is our least favorite for all the same reasons: family issues, crazy shopping, and we don’t slow down enough.
Here is a challenge for you on Tuesday, November 29 – let this be your favorite Christmas ever. How? Make the focus of this Christmas the mission of Jesus – he came to save and be Savior. Family can be great and painful, presents can bring happiness and frustration, and our pace can be a blessing and a curse. They don’t bring real joy. Only our Savior can do that. So how do we let this be our favorite Christmas ever?
Ask God to help your focus be on your Savior beginning to day. Every day this Advent – start with these devos and ask God to help you make much of your Savior. Make your family moments, your shopping, and your pace submit to Him as Savior. Otherwise you are asking your Savior to submit to your family stuff, your shopping, and your pace. Does that sound like a recipe for your favorite Christmas ever? Ask God – He will do this.
If you have children:
Ask them to tell you their favorite story about rescue. It can be from a movie or a book. Ask them to tell it to you and then ask them – Why? Rescue stories echo whom our Savior is and that we need to be rescued. You don’t need to make this an uber spiritual moment. Let it be fun!