Advent Devotion

Friday, December 25

Luke 2:8-20

He is here! He is born! Jesus Christ is born.

All of the longing and waiting, all of the preparing and expecting—all of it has been fulfilled. We have traveled through the strange land of Advent and have arrived in Bethlehem, in a barn, at the animal trough where a baby lies.

We know who this child is. He’s not just any baby. He’s the Messiah, the promised one, the one who has come to redeem us.

And this is the moment. This is the moment we’ve been heading toward. This is when Christ comes. He is finally here.

But, like the shepherds, we can’t stay here in the barn. There’s news to spread! Let’s go back to our lives, back to our families, back to our neighborhoods, glorifying and praising God for all we’ve heard and seen.

Let’s tell the good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord!

Prayer: Jesus Christ, you are here. I am grateful. I have waited for your arrival, and now you’re here in all your incarnate glory. Remain near me today. Let this Christmas be a day of celebration, of gratitude, of ever-greater anticipation of the day when you will return to be with us forever. Let the joy of your presence compel me to share this good news with all people!

The Advent devotions follow the Common Lectionary texts. You may use the devotions in a number of ways, but you are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Read the passage through at least once. (Each devotion includes a link to the Scripture passage for the day.)
  2. Reflect on the passage and pay attention to how God might be using it to speak to you.
  3. Read and consider the devotion.
  4. End in prayer. You may begin with the prayer offered at the end of each devotion or pray your own prayer.

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