On Christ, Born as Man

Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, I’m going to post here the devotionals I’ve been writing for my kids. Enjoy!

Scripture: Luke 2:1-16
Hymn: See, Amid the Winter’s Snow
(Symbol: Manger)

Can you imagine waiting all your life for Christmas to come? Today the season of advent is done and it is finally time to celebrate Jesus’ birth. God promised Adam & Eve that He would send a Son to destroy sin, but they died before He came. All their children died, too. Noah and his children died. Abraham and his children died. The Israelites waited and waited. Moses and Joshua, David and Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Habakkuk. None of them saw Jesus come. And then one day it happened. Mary gave birth to a boy in the quiet, little town of Bethlehem. In a nearby field, the whole sky filled up with angels and shepherds heard them singing “Glory to God in the Highest! On earth, peace and goodwill to all men!” Can you imagine? God’s people didn’t have to wait anymore. The Savior of the world, God Himself, had come to the world, born of a virgin, a man just like us. The world changed on that day, forever. Do you know why God had to become a man? Why did Jesus have to be born as a baby? Jesus came to be a man so that he could take our place. When Adam sinned, the whole world was punished. The whole world fell under God’s judgment. Jesus became a new Adam. In Him, the whole world could be redeemed. Since Jesus was a man like us, but with no sin, he could make a way for us to come to God, to have peace with God again just as Adam & Eve had peace with God in the garden before the fall. Every year we celebrate and rejoice that Jesus, God’s own Son, became a man. We join with the angels and say “Glory to God in the highest! On earth, peace! Goodwill to all men!”

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to come to earth! Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us enough to be born as a man, to share in our sadness and to let us share in your triumph. Thank you for coming to bring us to God. Amen.

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