December 23: Prepare (Advent 2014 Devotional)

Matthew 28:20 “…..I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

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These past 24 days, we have been on this journey which I hope has prepared your heart for Christmas in a fresh way this year. We have traveled with Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the angels, Herod, the magi, and many more.

How does Christmas change you? Jesus Christ’s birth into the world is not just a cutesy story we hear each year. This is an incredible story that really changes everything. God, the creator of the universe, came down and became one of us in the human form of Jesus the Christ.

This birth, like ours leads to death. But there is something NEW that happens. Because Jesus Christ has risen from the grave, he has conquered death. It is great gift for God to walk among us AND it is an incredible gift that he chose to die a human death to conquer sin and death so that we can be in his presence. I heard this said, “Jesus did not die so we could go to heaven. Jesus died so we can get to God.”

That’s the great thing about Christmas. We remember God coming to us. God pursues us and showed he understood firsthand the human experience. We do not have a God who is aloof about what’s going on; we have a God who has walked with us and continues to walk with us today.

Jesus Christ is with us each and everyday! Our challenge is to live so the truth of his presence changes us and makes us stand out.

Lord Jesus, Thank you for your presence among us. Thank you for walking with us. Help us to see you each day. Continue to mold us into the new creations you created us to be. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

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Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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