Message of hope

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

The apostle John also referred to Jesus as the “light.” Jesus referred to himself as “the light of the world.”

In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counselor” and “Mighty God.” This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery to sin. (NLT)

Isaiah 9:2-7 – The people who walk in darkness will see a great light—a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow. Israel will again be great, and its people will rejoice as people rejoice at harvest time. They will shout with joy like warriors dividing the plunder. For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the army of Midian with Gideon’s little band. In that day of peace, battle gear will no longer be issued. Never again will uniforms be bloodstained by war. All such equipment will be burned.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titled: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!

To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. –Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

John McWhirter-Whitlock (South Australia, Australia) titled his story “CHRISTMAS BECAME REAL;” here is a portion of John’s story:

“Celebrating Christmas as Jesus’ birthday has always helped me to remember God’s love for us. However, the birth of our first son, Peter, gave Christmas new meaning for me. . . .

“Peter experienced his first Christmas when he was three weeks old. We took him to church on Christmas Day, and while I was holding him in my arms and looking at his face, tears came to my eyes. This little baby of ours reminded me that Jesus was born into the world as a tiny baby. As I looked at my son I saw God in action: the world’s salvation came as a baby who was just as helpless and dependent on his family as Peter. Our baby son that I held in my arms helped me see the meaning of Christmas in a whole new way.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus came into the world as a baby just like I did.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending your son into the world as a baby to live among us and offer us salvation. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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