The reason for this devotional is to help us worship Jesus at this most wonderful time of the year. Let’s prepare our hearts so when we see a nativity scene, or sit in the candlelight service, or when we wake up Christmas morning, we can sing from our hearts, “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” –John 8:12
Read through this part of the Christmas story:
Isaiah 9:2-7 EasyEnglish Bible
2 The people who walk in the dark will see a great light. The light will shine on those people who live on land full of dark shadows.
3 You (Lord) will make the country bigger. And you will make its people much happier. They will be happy with you as when people are happy at the harvest. Soldiers are also happy, because of what they have won in war. And the country’s people will be happy like them.
4 That is because, as in the fight with Midian, you will break these things:
· the yoke that carries the heavy weights (that our enemies have put on us)
· the sticks that they hit our backs with
· the stick that hurts us.
5 Then they will burn as material for the fire every boot that soldiers wore in war. And they will burn the clothes with blood on them.
6 They will do that because a child is born for us. God has given a son to us. And that son will always have authority to rule. And people will call him by these names:
· Wonderful Friend
· Great God
· Father for Always
· Leader who brings Peace
7 His authority will become greater. And the peace that he will bring will never have an end. He will be king over the land that David ruled. He will make it safe. He will make sure that it has justice. And its people will be very good, now and always. The Lord of Many Armies will cause those things to happen, because he loves his people.
Questions to ponder:
- Jesus’ arrival was planned by God thousands of years before it happened. What does that tell us about God?
- How does Jesus’ light in your world give you hope?
- In what ways can we allow Jesus’ light to shine through us?
End with singing Silent Night
HOPE IN ACTION
Pick one or more activities from the list below to put your hope into action this week.
- Decorate the Christmas tree together. Talk about how the evergreen tree is a symbol of life in the middle of winter even as Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. As you see the twinkling lights, remember that Jesus is the Light of the World, and He calls you to be shining lights in the darkness. Think about maybe making ornaments to remind, children would love doing this.
- Bake cookies for your mailman, trash collector, or others who regularly care for your needs with a little thank-you.
- Take part in an Angel Tree program through the Salvation Army or Prison Fellowship, or buy gifts for needy children near you.
- Help decorate your church for Christmas, and listen to Jesus-centered Christmas carols that focus on the reason for the season.