Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Dec 24, 2018

O Christmas Tree - After the Tree

Daily Devotionals

Monday, December 24

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Many people think of Jesus simply as a historical figure. While it’s true that you can find much information about Jesus recorded in historical records, He doesn’t actually qualify as such. Jesus is an eternal being. He is God Himself which means that history actually takes places inside of Him. He is referred to as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. There would be no such thing as history had He not created time and put mankind in it. This is more than just an interesting fact about Jesus. This means that He existed long before man, the devil, the fall, and sin ever entered the picture and He will be there when all things finite come to an end. Your eternal security rests in the hands of the only One who could guaranty it. You may believe in a lot of people or things but there’s only One in whom your can put your faith. As you celebrate Christmas this year, take time to reflect upon the peace that you have because the One who created history loved you enough to step into it and rescue you from it. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

Tuesday, December 25

Luke 2:11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today, the most celebrated of all days, is the day the Son of God showed His great love for you by leaving Heaven on a mission to rescue you from the power of the enemy. He stepped down from His place of glory and majesty to walk among those who had fallen from His grace. No other being, human or angelic could meet the qualifications needed to become the perfect sacrifice for the sin that had plagued mankind for the centuries before and after His death. You mean more than life to Him. His love for you is the reason why on that first, cold Christmas night He stepped out of glory and into history. He didn’t want Heaven without you. With all of it’s splendor and awe it still didn’t qualify as perfect in His eyes until there was a way for you to be in it. So today, as you are getting ready for all of the food, presents, festivities, and family, make sure that He is given the invitation to be right in the very center of it all. Without His birth, life ends when you leave Earth. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

Wednesday, December 26

John 20:14
14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

How familiar are you with Jesus? If you were to run into Him in the store or at one of your kid’s ballgames, would you recognize Him? Besides the fact that you may not familiar with His physical appearance, when is the last time the two of you had a conversation? Most people are familiar with Jesus in sense that they have heard or read about Him, but personally He is not someone that they could say they truly know. He is merely an acquaintance from what could be many years ago. Mary Magdalene, who had walked with Him closely for two years didn’t know who He was even though He was standing right in front her. Like many people, her perception and expectation had been skewed by the chaos of the events that had recently taken place in her life. No one, who has been born again, would intentionally let their relationship with Jesus become this estranged, but without such intentionality it can get to that point. With the Christmas season being so current, have you been intentional in your relationship with your Savior? Was He a familiar figure over the last few weeks. Make sure that this season that is all about Him isn’t celebrated without Him. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff.

Thursday, December 27

John 20:16
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

Your name, it is the sweetest thing that you could hear coming from the mouth of the Lord. Just like Mary in today’s text, everything chaotic and pressing seemed to drift away when He called her by name. Sometimes, you can find yourself in the place of seeking Him so hard that you don’t realize that you’ve found Him. Mary’s focus was so intent that she almost missed the very One she was searching for. But when He called her name with His loving voice, all other noise and distraction faded away and it was instantly just Him and her. The beautiful thing about this picture is that He is, right now, and always calling out to you. He knows your name and you are constantly on His mind. If you will set aside the time to listen you will hear Him calling out to you. He is wanting to bring calm to your storm, peace to your trial, and grace to your life. No matter what kind of despair or desperation you may find yourself in, He is never more than whisper away. He is waiting to reveal Himself to you in spectacular fashion and it simply begins by His calling out your name. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

Friday, December 28

Luke 24:19
“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

Have you ever payed attention the fact that Jesus said He was flesh and bone rather than flesh and blood in this passage? If you’ll dig into what happened previously on that resurrection Sunday you’ll understand why. When Jesus appeared to His followers that evening He had just returned directly from Heaven where He had presented Himself to the Father as the sufficient sacrifice for the sins of man. What this meant was that He had to apply His own blood to the mercy seat in Heaven’s Holy of Holies. Upon doing so, the wrath of God was satisfied and the door to Heaven was opened wide for all who would choose to believe in Him. So He truly was flesh and bone. His broken body had left a trail of blood from His time of consecration in the garden of Gethsemane, to the cross, to the mercy seat in Heaven. Not one drop was given up haphazardly or without purpose. His sinless, perfect blood has been applied to your life and you have direct access to the Throne because of it. So, what began in a manger in Bethlehem ended with sin’s dominion over you being destroyed once and for all. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

Saturday, December 29

Daniel 7:21-22
21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.

When most people think of judgment, they usually look at it in a negative light. This is because from a young age most people are taught not to be judgmental. But, if looked at from the proper perspective, judgement is a good thing. For example, if someone wrongs you in some way and they’re ordered in a judgement to make it right, then the fact that the judgement was in your favor is good thing. This is exactly what happened when Jesus walked into the Heavenly Holy of Holies and presented His blood and sacrifice to the Ancient of Days. You see, the Heavenly Father is the only being in all of creation who is in a position to make a judgement of such magnitude. Today, all believers have the privilege of knowing Him as Father, before that moment, He was Jehovah, the Ancient of Days, the Almighty Creator, the only one who could rightfully refer to Him as Father without being guilty of blasphemy, was Jesus. On this day, because of the judgement made in your favor by God Himself, you were given authority over sin. Sin is no longer your master when you receive the finished work of Jesus into your life. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff