Daily Devotion on Romans 16:25-27
Devotion Text: Romans 16:25-27
We all know the “what” of Christmas.
Whether you’ve been a Christian your entire life or are new to the faith; whether you’ve recited Luke 2 in a school pageant or just have heard Linus do it on the Charlie Brown special; whether you enjoy singing Christmas Carols around the table at home or listening to them on the radio–we KNOW Christmas!
Like little children, who grow out of a favorite book, movie, or toy, we run the danger of getting sick of the Christmas story. How many times do we have to hear the same story over and over and over again!? We hear this same thing every year! We sing the same songs! It’s been over 2000 years and I still don’t know how to pronounce Quirinius!
So, this morning, Paul tells us not to focus on the what, but rather the “why” of Christmas.
The objective facts of Christmas are important and certainly worthwhile to study, but the reason for Christmas can cut away at any “Holiday Blues” that you may be feeling. Yes, Christ came from Heaven as a little baby, but his mission didn’t stop with some shepherds. He came to live a perfect life and die on a cross that you might be saved from your sin.
That very same Jesus comes to us today in his Word and Sacrament, that we may believe in him, and he will come again to take us to be with him.
So as you focus at Jesus in that manger, take a moment to look up and see Jesus on the cross as well. As you read the objective facts of Jesus birth, remember the subjective impact that his life and death has for you to this very day. As you hear the “what” of Christmas, remember the “why” and share that message with others.
Prayer: Jesus, keep me ever mindful of why you came to earth. Let me not get caught up in this world’s “Christmas Season” and instead focus on how you would prepare me for your coming again. You set aside so much glory when you came to Earth as a child and so much more when you lived in this sinful world and allowed yourself to die on a cross–all to share your glory with me, forever in heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.