Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Christmas Devotion “Christmas 2020”
Christians around the world have set aside one special day to honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Although we worship Jesus every day of the year, American Christians have established December 25th as a time to gather with family to recognize the amazing gift God sent the world. The SON OF GOD stepped down from heaven and took on flesh and blood to live in a world filled with sin and death. The absolute sacrifice our Savior made for us cannot be completely understood as we only have a blurred vision of what eternity is like. Jesus lived among the children of God in total submission to His Father’s will. This speaks of His love for the Father and for us!
God’s original intent was for man to rule over the earth. Sadly, that design was hindered when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3) and were escorted out of the Garden of Eden. Thankfully, God had a plan to reconcile us to Him, but it came with a great cost. His Son took the sins of the world upon His shoulders and died as the ultimate sacrificial lamb. His blood offering now covers us so that we have sweet communion with God. The love of God is amazing!
“Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So, He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” Genesis 3:22-24 (NKJV)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
The year 2020 has been difficult and full of challenges. Some of us have lost jobs, homes, health, and family members due to Covid-19. Mandates to wear masks everywhere has changed life as we once knew it. Even the promise of a vaccine can’t erase the fact that judgment has come upon the world. Election results hang in the balance and the rights of the unborn are largely ignored.
If you are anxious, overwhelmed, or fearful it’s understandable. But the Word of God continues to be a source of hope and instruction. Many times, the Bible says, FEAR NOT! We are now living in a time where Bible prophecy is occurring. Jesus warned us of things that would happen so that when they do occur, we won’t be surprised or anxious. We are experiencing major spiritual warfare in the heavenly places and we need to be on our knees praying for strength and God’s will. We must persevere in our faith reminding ourselves daily that God is loving and a strong tower for those in need. The promises of God are true as God cannot lie.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
“And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.” John 14:29 (NKJV)
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
This Christmas, I encourage you to gather with family and at church services. Wear a mask and social distance but gather together for the edification of the Body of Christ. Glorify God by singing His praises. Pray for America and our government officials. Celebrate this holiday with family traditions and be refreshed knowing God is in control. He will meet all your needs (this is a promise). Share the Good News at every opportunity for we will meet Him in the clouds soon. We can do all things through Christ Jesus. We are victorious because our victory is in Him and He has already won the battle.
“ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
The word comfort is from two Latin words meaning “with” and “strong” – He is with us to make us strong. Comfort is not soft, weakening commiseration; it is true, strengthening love.