“the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” ~ Luke 2:20

While every single day should be lived to the glory of God, Christmas is a very special time of year for glorifying and praising God for sending His only Son to be our Savior and substitute.

This simple Christmas devotional purposes to do just that.

It’s been said figuratively that Jesus was born in the shadow of the cross. This means that what was started at Christmas was finished at Easter. But as we consider the nativity narrative in light of the crucifixion of the Christ of Christmas, it all has to make us “wonder”.

The Bible says that at the birth of the Savior of the world, the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20) I wonder if those shepherds truly understood and appreciated what this baby would eventually have to endure?

When Jesus was presented in the temple, Simeon looked into the eyes of his own Creator and lifted this baby up into his arms and blessed God saying: “my eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:30) I wonder if Simeon truly understood and appreciated what this baby would eventually have to endure to secure the salvation of which he spoke?

When Jesus was presented in the temple, Simeon looked into the eyes of his own Creator and lifted this baby up into his arms and blessed God saying: “my eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:30) I wonder if Simeon truly understood and appreciated what this baby would eventually have to endure to secure the salvation of which he spoke?

Scripture says that Mary found her twelve year-old boy in the temple and “treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) I wonder if Mary truly understood and appreciated Who it was she was actually treasuring and what this boy of hers would eventually have to endure?

And what about YOU, Christian? Do YOU truly understand and appreciate what this baby who became a boy who became a man had to endure to save you?

Because here – today – we hold in our hands the complete story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s Word is complete. So, now – by God’s grace – we no longer have to wonder…but we do worship! And we not only reflect…but we respond!

So this Christmas, Christians, let’s learn a lesson from the faithful response of those witnessing shepherds. Let’s return from worshiping the Christ of Christmas by glorifying and praising God together for all we have heard and seen, just as it has been told to us.

 

Click on the link below to listen to a special “McKenna Christmas Message”!

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On behalf of our family and ministry team, we thank God for you and your partnership in the Gospel, and it is our prayer that you and your family enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year.

Please keep our family and ministry in prayer throughout 2014!

Together in our Savior’s service,

Cory, Dawn, Joshua, & Caleb McKenna