2018 Advent Devotional #3

When we think of the Christmas story, we can sometimes feel like we “know it all”. We’ve heard it all before, every year in the days leading up to Christmas—the angel appearing to Mary, the journey to a lowly Bethlehem stable, the unimpressive shepherd visitors. But this past Sunday Pastor Tim reminded us that it is a powerful thing in history when God tells us things that only God could know! Who but God could have known that this baby was going to be born, of a virgin nonetheless? Who but God could have known which family to place the human baby Jesus in so that he would fulfill the prophecies concerning the Messiah’s lineage? Only God could know! The people of Israel were waiting for a Son of David to come who would be in the lineage of the great liberator and conqueror King David. They were waiting for an earthly kingdom. They thought they “knew it all”, how the Messiah would one day come. Yet little did they know that Jesus would usher in far more—an eternal kingdom! Only God could have known that the people needed more than just a human earthly king…they needed a heavenly king to rule and reign forever! They needed a King who was also the Son of God!

This week, reflect on what you know about the Christmas story. If you have kids, ask them to tell you the Christmas story themselves, in their own words. In thinking about this story, make sure that you aren’t missing the most important part: that this baby really was the Son of God! Listen to the song Prince of Heaven by Hillsong and consider how powerful it is that this “babe wrapped in a cloth is the incarnate Word of God.” How could you worship Jesus AS GOD this week? How can you trust that only God could know exactly what we need, just as he knew we needed a King that was also the Son of God? Ask yourself who around you needs to hear this truth: that God is all powerful and all knowing, and knows exactly what we need—a Savior King, the Son of God, Christ the Lord!