Luke 2:29-31 Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples... How interesting that the righteous man Simeon would notice Jesus as the salvation God has prepared in the presence of all people. At that moment nothing could … Continue reading Public Preparation: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 8 of 14)
Philippians 2:6-7 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. What a thought to be not only in the presence of God but also to be one with Him in nature … Continue reading A New Nature: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 7 of 14)
Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Jesus' name, meaning God saves, was a constant reminder to those around him of his ultimate purpose. He lived out this purpose to the fullest. From the constant reminder of the inadequate nature of … Continue reading Person and Purpose: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 6 of 14)
Matthew 4:16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned Here we read of the promised light that was to come to coastal lands of Israel. These were some of the furthest points away from … Continue reading Light in the Darkness: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 5 of 14)
Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. God has used many mediums in order … Continue reading A New Way to Speak: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 4 of 14)
Exodus 34:6-7 The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty... Our God is merciful and just. It is awesome to think about how these … Continue reading Mercy and Justice Collide: KandP Christmas Devotional (Day 3 of 14)
What is significantly profound here is the movement of their song from emphasis on God's glory to peace and favor that is extended to humanity.
Matthew 2:2 Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." What a simple but powerful question proposed by the wise men who came to visit the baby Christ. Where is he who is born king of the … Continue reading Where is He? K and P Christmas Devotional (Day 1 of 14)
There is no retirement from the Christian faith.