Jesus: God of the Universe
Scientists are continually making new discoveries about God's creative nature that reveal His awesome power and incredible genius. However, these newly discovered stars, planets, species, and elements that scientists have somehow missed for centuries are not new to God, who created them and set them all in perfect motion. Just as He set the universe in motion, He set His plan for salvation in motion thousands of years before Mary and Joseph made their history-making trip to Bethlehem.
Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus' glorious yet humble birth was not random, but a thoughtfully laid out plan unfolding in perfect detail. The baby in the manger was none other than God Himself.
The One who created the universe did an impossible thing: He entered a virgin's womb in order to become a man and overcame the same difficulties and temptations we face. He "became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:14).
The true message of Christmas is this: God became human in order to come to the earth to rescue us from sin, death, and our own failed lives. Do you believe that the sinless came to carry your sins, the perfect died for the imperfect, and the only man who ever lived a holy life died a criminal's death to satisfy the justice of God for you?
This Christmas, ask yourself, "How have I responded to Jesus?" Acknowledge in prayer today that He was willing to become an infant and be born in a stable in order to reach you. In His presence, marvel that, as a King, He left heaven for a lifetime of humiliation and death on the cross. Rejoice that He triumphed over death in His resurrection. Thank Him that you will one day live with Him in heaven for eternity.
Linger with God awhile today. Do not rush this loving conversation as you tell God how much the presence of Jesus in your life means to you. Allow God a few minutes to communicate to you how extravagant, sacrificial, and unfaltering His love is, no matter how much you may have sinned. If you long to know more about God, His love, and His nature, you need look no further than Jesus.
Prayer: Thank You, precious Lord, that I can spend eternity with You because of Your sacrifice. You are the fulfillment of everything I could ever desire, and I draw near to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).
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