Daily Devotion

December 24, 2012

Don’t Miss Christmas

“Where is He who has been born?” Mt 2:2 NKJV

Matthew records: “Now after Jesus was born…wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him…when…they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, [they] fell down and worshiped Him” (vv. 1, 2, 11). Because of the International Date Line you can fly from America on December 24th and arrive in Australia on December 26th, missing Christmas Day altogether. But you can also stay home and miss it, end up exhausted, broke, glad it’s over, and not experience the joy it brings. Don’t let that happen to you. Try something different this year. Before you dive into gift giving, partying or watching parades and ball games on television, gather your loved ones around and read them the Christmas story. Your children will never forget it. They might even make it a tradition they carry on with their children too: (1) Tell them that whether you are rich like the wise men or poor like the shepherds, Jesus loves you. Your social status makes no difference; He values you just as you are. (2) Tell them that when Jesus came, He never left. His Word says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper” (Heb 13:5-6 NKJV). (3) Tell them every prophecy concerning Christ’s first coming came to pass, and that the prophecies in the Bible concerning His second coming are being fulfilled right now. So if they’re wise they’ll seek Him, surrender to Him, serve Him and be ready when He comes.