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[Devotional] IN HIS PRESENCE: No Christmas without “Christ”

By Oke Chinye

Read: Luke 2:1-20

Meditation verse:

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a saviour, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:8-14

Over two thousand years ago, an angel of the Lord stood before certain shepherds in a field, proclaiming the birth of a child as ‘good tidings of great joy’. But what was so special about this birth? It was the arrival of the much-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would save mankind from destruction and death. It was such great news that a multitude of heavenly host burst into singing and rejoicing. The essence of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ. 

In every celebration, the celebrant is the object of focus; there can be no Christmas without Christ. How do we celebrate this day? Are we so focused on the pomp and pageantry that we fail to remember that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season? Here is God’s word for you as you celebrate this day and season in commemoration of His arrival on earth: “but above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body: and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:14-17). 

Merry Christmas!


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).

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