Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. (Matthew 1:18a)
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)
It's a good question. What child is this? Who is this baby we see on so many Christmas cards—on banners at church—in the manger scenes in our houses? Who is He, and why does He matter?
Both Matthew and Luke wrote their Gospels to answer this question. Together with Mark and John, they show us Jesus, the Son of God in action—being born. Growing up. Getting baptized. Teaching, preaching, and healing. Caring for the least of His people. Dealing with the attacks of evil. Laying down His life on the cross to save us all. Rising from the dead, never to die again—so that all of us who trust in Him may live forever.
What child is this? This is Jesus who loves us. This is Jesus who loves you, who knows you by name, who came into this world to rescue you and to make you His own forever. You matter to Him. Over the next few weeks, let's look at what He did—for love of you.
WE PRAY: Dear Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see Your love. Amen.
* How do you know when someone really loves you?
* Do you find it easy or hard to believe in Jesus' love for you?
* When have you seen His love reflected in another person?
Advent Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
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