“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” Hebrews 1:3
God is awesome! He created the entire universe and all that exists through the mere power of His spoken word – and He continues to sustain all things through that same word.
How can we relate to such a being? What words could we possibly say to such a powerful God that would turn His favor in our direction? There are no words from us that can persuade God to do anything He wasn’t going to do in the first place. Fortunately we don’t have to. We can’t hope to approach God, so He comes to us. Jesus is God, yet He also shares our flesh. When we look at Jesus for whom He really is, we see God.
In Jesus, we see that although God is all-powerful and holy, He doesn’t consider us as small and unimportant. God considers us His beloved children for whom He would do anything, even suffer and die on a cross to save us. Although God is all-powerful, Jesus shows us that God is caring and compassionate. Above all else, God wants us to be saved. He accomplished our salvation through the coming of Jesus. And this is why we celebrate Christ’s joyous birth.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Jesus Christ, thank You for bringing joy to us in the world. May we delight in the peace that comes through the forgiveness of our sins. Amen.
© 2006 Lutheran Hour Ministries
These devotions have been written by Rev. Paul and Kaye Wolff. Rev. Paul Wolff is a 1996 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as a pastor in the Detroit area for 10 years. He and co-author wife, Kaye, live in Southfield, Michigan.
Kaye Dumas Wolff is Chairperson of the Black Ministry Church Planting Task Force and a Mission Affiliate of LCMS World Missions where she serves as a training facilitator for laity in evangelism and mission work. Kaye serves on the Advisory Council of the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and she is a presenter for Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Equipping to Share Workshop.
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