Countdown To His Birthday
Nativity calendars usually start December 1st and they help us countdown the days ‘til Christmas. Last year in my devos we took a careful look at Matthew’s presentation of our Savior’s birth. This year we will explore the second inspired presentation of Jesus’ Bethlehem birth. It’s recorded in Luke, the third canonical Gospel. Dr. Luke begins his birth narrative with details about John the Baptist’s birth. He was the Messiah’s forerunner, and by positioning his birth before Jesus’ we see John announcing the Messiah even in the womb of his mother. That’s jumping ahead in our story, but I hope it helps you to realize why I decided to start our countdown to Christmas a month early. I’m not trying to get you in the mood for shopping like all the big box stores, but I want us to be able to take more time with Luke’s careful revelation of the meaning of Christmas. More than ever I need to allow the Spirit to give me fresh insights into the birth of the most influential person ever born on earth—my Savior, the God-Man Jesus.
Dr. Luke took great pains to carefully interview eye witnesses. He carefully ordered and wrote down the results of his historical research. I can hardly wait to share with you some of what the Spirit of God talks to me about as I spend time in Luke’s birth narrative. Tell your friends about this opportunity to deepen their understanding of Christmas. Spread the word on social media so that they many can join us on this “Countdown to His Birthday.”
LORD, in Proverbs we got to spend many weeks with a father helping his son have a wise head on young shoulders. Now as we pick up Your Story of Redemption with the birth of Your Son help us to see how You foreshadowed the climax at Calvary, even in the birth at Bethlehem. I'm so thankful that Luke was diligent in his research and careful in his writing. Change my life through my exposure to Luke's account of the nativity and use Your Word to change the lives of our Truth Encounter family.
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