“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).“
– Matthew 1:21-23
Merry Christmas, friend. This is the day to celebrate the birth of Immanuel, God with us, and to rejoice in Jesus, our Lord, and Savior! It’s interesting that when we think of the nativity, we remember those who came — the shepherds, who were probably teenage girls, and the magi or wise men. Though Jesus was born in a water trough in a barn (definitely not a proper setting for a king), He broke down barriers and accomplished more than any other leader before or after Him in history. And He did it by welcoming everyone.
In Christ’s Kingdom, we find the hope of transformation, the peace that flows from justice, and the joy of authentic community. His love is a well that comforts us in our diversity and empowers each of us to make a unique contribution to this world. In our Savior-turned-King, we find light, dignity, and the courage to be like Him, answering His call and following His footsteps.
Friend, at the culmination of this Advent season, I invite you to acknowledge and receive the encouragement of God’s hope, peace, joy, and love. He offers these blessings to you continually in the person of Jesus Christ. Wherever you are today, take time to meditate on the arrival of our Lord and Savior, and let Him fill your heart with the wonder of His love.
Father, thank you that God is with me through the birth of Jesus. Show me how to be like Him.
Have you received the encouragement of hope, peace, love, and joy this Advent season?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.