Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24, 2015: Advent Mystery

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 357  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Francisca Battistelli singing … What Child Is This, declaring what should be our praise for the birth of the greatest mystery of all human time … the birth of King Jesus.

Highlight Passage:   1st Timothy 3: 16 [NKJV] …  
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness … 
… And I am the answer to the mystery … He was born and died for me. Go figure!! … 
Highlight Context – 1st Timothy 3:14-16 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Jesus is the great mystery of the ages.

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 2:9-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… He was the King, … worshipped by kings.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 2:6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… This incredible mystery… that God on High would set aside His glory and majesty to become a baby, live among men, die on a cross, and give ME the right join Him in heaven, forever. … Go figure!!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, taught his readers (me) using the classic Christmas tale, made into many movies. He wrote, As Charles Dickens’ story A Christmas Carol begins, there is mystery surrounding Ebenezer Scrooge. Why is he so mean-spirited? How did he become so selfish? Then, slowly, as the Christmas spirits marched Scrooge through his own story, things become clearer. We see the influences that changed him from a happy youth into a selfish miser. We observe his isolation and his brokenness. As the mystery is solved, we also glimpse the path to restoration. Concern for others pulls Scrooge from his self-absorbed darkness into a new joy. 

But Dickens’ Christmas mystery pales in comparison to the scope of the greatest true tale of all time, … the truth that God on high was willing to dispense of the glory and majesty of the Godhead to be born in that manger in Bethlehem, … that He would grow and walk among men and show His Godliness, … and that He would allow Himself to be tried unjustly and to die in humiliation on a cross, … fulfilling all the prophesies in the Old Testament and becoming our New Covenant King … so that we could, by our faith in Him, receive His saving grace and gain entry into Heaven.

 Go figure! And join me, this day before Christmas, to celebrate this mystery, which became reality, so that we could join our King in Heaven. And let’s sing praises to our Lord for the answer to the question sung above … “What Child Is this?”

 He was and is … King Jesus! ...  HALLELUJAH!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … You are my King, dear Lord; and I join others here to celebrate your birth. … Amen  

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