Christmas Devotional 2017

 

Music Credit:
Your Name (Christmas Version)                                                                                                                               Silent Night 
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Glenn Packiam | Paul Baloche                                                                                                                                Franz Xaver Gruber | John Freeman Young | Joseph Mohr
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As it was Said

“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor

with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and 

you shall call his name Jesus.”     Luke 1:30-31

It was Done:

“his name was called Jesus, which was so called by the angel before he was

conceived in the womb.”  Luke 2:21

 

Song: “Your Name Christmas Version”    performed by: Faith & Jason Marks & Gene Vance

 

Meaning of Name “Jesus”

There are so many beautiful names and titles for Christ in the Bible, but as the Angel told Mary, the baby shall be named Jesus!  The Hebrew for Jesus is Yeshua, short for Yehoshuah, which means “Yahweh Saves”  God Saves.  The addition of the verb “saves” gives us the understanding of Jesus’ reason for coming down to earth and being born as any other child, even though He was our Savior!   He was God, perfect and holy, coming down to save us! 

 

We celebrate the birth of Jesus because we look forward to the gift His death gave to each of us!  Christmas is only half the story!  Christ’s life, suffering, and death is one complete story, foretold in the Old Testament, carried out in the New Testament, and we, as Christians carry out the love of Christ Today!

 

Father, You are the most powerful, and You sent your Son in the least powerful form to show us love, and how to love.  Thank you for reminding us who you are, and the great sacrifice that your Son, our Savior, made.  Because You sent Him down to Earth, we may join you in Heaven.  Because He was a servant, help us serve others.   Because He died on the cross, we will praise you eternally.  “Jesus, Yahweh Saves, God Saves” Because you came to save, we are saved.  In your name, Amen.

 

 Merry Christmas!