TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When we consider the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus, we often default to the most famous verse on the matter: Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
It’s a beautiful verse that speaks of hope and the promised Savior.
But today, let’s look at the book of John, and specifically, chapter one, verses one and 14. These verses say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
They remind us of the magnitude of this moment in history. We already know that this wasn’t the birth of just any baby. This was the physical birth of the eternal God in the form of man. Jesus didn’t come into existence at the first Christmas because He has always existed.
And the Christmas story isn’t the first appearance of Jesus in the Bible. He is throughout all of Scripture, including the Creation story. He is first referenced in Genesis 1:26a, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image.’” Jesus is a part of that Us.
The Word was with God, and the Word was God — and Jesus is the Word! And the Word (Jesus!) became a baby so that through Him, we can find salvation.
And all of this happened because of the truth of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
What a magnificent day to reflect on the purpose of Jesus’ birth. He took off His glory to experience humanity, and by doing so — He was the perfect, sinless, and willing Sacrifice who shed His blood for us and covered the sins of all who believe in Him.
He was born so that He could die.
And for you.
As we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember the true gift of this occasion — our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His willingness to come to earth as a baby. Thank Him for all He has done for You. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you share the true meaning of Christmas and the Gospel — both today and every day of the year.
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