Advent Family Devotions: The Point of the Story

December 7, 2018 – The Point of the Story

Prayer: 

Lord God, you love us with an everlasting love. From eternity and to eternity we are the apple of your eye. Help us to know this love you have for us more and more. Amen. 

Devotion:

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

A husband looks at his wife and he tells her, “I go to work for you to provide for you.  I go to work to buy you things to make you look beautiful and to make you feel loved.  Everything I do, I do it for you.” Parents do the same for the children.  

God says and does the same thing for us. “For to us a child is born, to usa son is given” (Isaiah 9:6).  The prophets knew it.  “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you when they talked about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus” (1. Peter 1:12).

Everything that God says, he says it for you.  He has always been thinking about you, even before the creation of the world.  He knew you before the creation of the world. Before the foundations of the earth were laid and before the angels began to sing, God had you in his mind and in his heart. In his deep love for you, he left an account of his plan for you and for your salvation.  He wrote it down so that you would know his plan.  He wrote it down so that you would believe his plan and walk with him forever. He says it all for you.

Everything that God does, he does it for you. He created this world for you to live in it, to serve him and to enjoy it. Even after sin entered this world and doomed us to hell, God still did everything for you.  God himself entered human history and the family tree of sinful humans for you.  He even suffered the death that sinful humans deserved.  He took on sin for you.  Everything that God does, he does it for you.

Does this not make your heart dance within you at joy to know how fixated on you your God is?  Does this not make your feet want to run with a message for the world since what God says and did for you, he also says and did for them too? That is precisely what the shepherds did when they heard about a Savior born for you in Bethlehem.  They hurried off and spread what they had been told about this child (cf. Luke 2:10-20).

Additional Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Family Questions:

1.      What are some things that we do for each other to show each other how much we love each other?

2.     What do we do because we are thankful to someone who showed us their love?

3.     What did God do to show us how much he loves us?

4.     Write God a letter thanking him for showing his love for us.

Going Deeper:

1.      Read Luke 2.  Also consider everything you know about the Christmas story. Who did God tell about the birth of his Son?

2.     How did God tell you about the birth of his Son? What person did God use to introduce you to his Son?  

3.     Write them a text or a note to thank them for telling you the story of God’s love for you.

Prayer:

Father, how can we begin to thank you for all that you have done for us, still do for us, and promise to us? You are good, gracious, merciful, and most worthy or all praise and glory. As you have given yourself fully to us, equip us to give ourselves fully to you in all we say and do. Amen.