December 24, 2012

Night Before Christmas

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 24, 2012

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2:4-5

It was the night before Christmas and Jesus, who was from the line of David, was to be born in the city of David. He was coming, not as a King, but as a Savior to shepherd the souls of hurting humanity. In God’s eyes His Son had always been and always would be. But to mankind the birth of Jesus was the defining moment in history (His story!). Calendars began to divide time: BC (before Christ) to AD (Anno Domini: in the year of our Lord).

In a similar way we define our conversion to Jesus as a new birth into His kingdom. The calendar of our soul is clearly categorized as before Christ and after Christ. The night before our new birth we were lost in our sins. But at the daybreak of our faith, we stepped into the light of forgiveness and  were saved from our sins. Indeed, Jesus was born into the world to seek and to save the lost. He was born, so that we could be born again!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

Have you made room for your Lord Jesus at the inn of your soul or is He in the hay barn of your heart? The world’s activities are loud, busy and demanding. It’s easy to drift under their demands and forget the words of our Lord, “Follow Me.” Yes, once the excitement of your new found faith wears off the world can wear you down. So, be intentional as humble shepherds and wise men to search out your Savior. Give Him gifts of gratitude.

Like Joseph, be responsible in care of the mundane: be compliant to the government, know the condition of your family, identify their needs and give them security. Indeed, it’s out of your every day obedience to Christ’s commands that He births faith, hope and love. Your heavenly Father takes care of you, as you take care of His business. Christmas Eve is a celebration of Christ’s entrance on  earth and  the joy He brings to all who believe!

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Christ’s birth and for my new birth of faith.

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 20:7; Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 6:4;  John 4:14, 7:42

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  1. Carl Shine says:

    I want to thank you for this ministry of great encouragement and truth that God has given you. I found Wisdom Hunters as a link on Family Chritian web site. Now however I have bookmarked it by itself and go directly to you each morning as part of my morning devotional. The encouragement and truth a believer receives here are not to be underestimated… Peace and Grace… Carl Shine

  2. Boyd says:

    Carl thanks for your heart felt encouragement and you are welcome. My time each morning with the Lord in prayer, bible study and writing these devotionals is a real honor and blessing to me. I am a work in process, as God is still growing me in His grace.

    I pray you and your family have a blessed Christmas, as we journey together with Jesus.

    A fellow servant of Christ,


  3. AMEN thank you JESUS!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Evg.vervee Johnson says:

    I always get a blessing out reading what God has shared with you.

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