Daily Devotion for December 23, 2016

'Child in the Manger'

1 Timothy 3:16 NLT
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:
Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.

John 1:14
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Romans 1:3-4
The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David’s family line, and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Galatians 4:4-7
But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.

Philippians 2:7-11
Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, spend some time today considering our precious...
“Child in the manger,
Infant of Mary,
Outcast and stranger....
Lord of ALL;
Child who inherits ALL our transgressions,
ALL our demerits—on Him fall.
Most holy Child of salvation,
Now our glorious Mighty Redeemer!
Prophets foretold Him—Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne! (Child in the Manger by Mary MacDonald)

AMEN!!!

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