It’s Christmas Day.
I don’t want to keep you long – you likely have tasks at hand more pressing than reading this devotional. For a moment, though, let’s talk about Christmas and how it connects to God’s unbroken story.
Matthew 1 is where we begin the New Testament.
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.Matthew 1:1
For the past few months we have been working our way through the Old Testament, seeing time and time again how God has worked justly and lovingly to save His people from their sin for His glory. Now, as we begin the New Testament (and bring our Unbroken series to a close), it may almost seem like the end of the story. Instead, let us consider it a continuation. After the many displays of His loving nature in the Old Testament, the same God that created the universe came down to be with His creation in the form of a baby.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus Christ was and is God’s ultimate act of love. He came to live a perfect, sinless life on earth and ultimately pay the price of death on a cross to cover the sin of all of humanity, a gift of love that is for all. Let us celebrate today the birth of the One who saves us, Jesus Christ.