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Christmas Eve

The Journey to Bethlehem by Joseph BrickeyWe hope you have been enjoying this year's Looking Forward to Christmas. As you may know, my wife, Janet writes the Advent devotional guide each year. She also blogs twice weekly at www.janetdenison.com.

Instead of the typical Cultural Commentary, we would like to share her Christmas devotionals to help prepare you to celebrate the birth of our King, who became one of us so that we might be one with him. Our ministry wishes you a blessed Christmas season, filled with his joy and peace.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. -John 1:12-13

God could have entered the world as a King but he came as a baby. God could have stepped into the world as the most brilliant of scholars, but he came as a newborn needing to grow and learn. God could have shown himself to the world as a giant, strong enough to pluck trees from the dirt or stop a flood with his hand. Jesus chose to come as a tiny infant needing protection.

Jesus wasn't born of natural descent, or because of human decision, he was born of God. Jesus entered this world as a living example of how the human race will enter the Kingdom of heaven. Christmas is the perfect example of what it means to be born of God.

We aren't born into God's kingdom because of our status, our brilliance or our strength. We are born into God's kingdom because we receive the baby in the manger and believe in his name. Our faith in Christ gives us the right to become children of God. We enter heaven the way Jesus entered this world – born of God.

We look forward to Christmas because it celebrates Christ's birth. God celebrates with the angels every time someone becomes his child – newly born into his Kingdom. Christmas, in that sense, can be something we look forward to all year long.

Today would be a good day to pray for those in your family or your circle of influence who have never become children of God. Someone once said, "Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man." Maybe this year someone you love will look forward to Christmas 2014 in a new way because they have entered God's Kingdom as Jesus entered the world – a newly born child of God.
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