Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Dec 17, 2018

O Christmas Tree - The Tree - Artificial or Real

Daily Devotionals 

 

Monday, December 17

Luke 2:10-11

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Have you ever stopped to think what it must have been like at the moment Jesus was born?  Not just on Earth but in Heaven?  At one instance Jesus was in the presence of God the Father, radiating with the most brilliant glory, the next He’s lying in a cold, dirty manger.  In the same instance, the very angels that were lavishing their praise upon Him in the throne room were standing in a field proclaiming the good news to some shepherds.  The moment that had been in the making for thousands of years had finally come to pass.  Mankind’s redemption was at hand.  The Savior, King, and Priest had made His entrance into history and time.  The blood that was to be shed for righteousness’ sake was coursing through the veins of a newborn baby who would be under the care of a two young, inexperienced newlyweds.  Heaven’s temporary empty throne would soon reoccupied with a resurrected Son would carry His own blood into the Heavenly Holy of Holies and place it on the Mercy Seat.  The days of works and sacrifice would be over and the Holy Spirit of God would be able to dwell in the hearts of man for the first time since the fall.  The words Merry Christmas carry a whole lot of weight, do they not?. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

 

Tuesday, December 18

Leviticus 17:11

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

Many people don’t equate the cross with an altar but that’s exactly what it was.  The rough gnarly cross pieces that the Savior of the world was placed upon to die is where life was poured out.  The only perfect blood to ever exist ran down and filled the cracks and crevices of that wooden cross.  At that moment there was more life in that dead wood than there was any place this side of Heaven.  Jesus gave His life for your’s the death that He experienced was meant for you.  The real Christmas tree is the cross.  The lights and decorations should never overshadow the sacrifice and the Blood.  The gifts that surround the base of the Christmas tree should never take priority over the gift that covered the ground around the cross.  Life isn’t found in the celebration, the celebration is founded in the life that came from the precious blood of Jesus. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

 

Wednesday, December 19

Romans 5:8-9

8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Christmas is a time when love is expressed through giving.  You give gifts to those you care about simply because you love them, not because you necessarily agreed with their behavior all year.  This is precisely the way that God expressed His love.  Mankind was lost in sin and blaming God for the consequences that they were experiencing because of that sin.  In spite of the lack of love He received He gave generously out of the goodness that makes Him who He is.  Not only did He give man His Son, He took man’s sin.  Because of the blood, He sees you as perfect, as though you had never sinned in the first place.  The blood of Jesus is now the lens through which God the Father looks at you.  When you had nothing to offer, He gave you everything.  When your very best was nowhere close to good enough, He accepted you anyway.  All of your sin has been washed away and you have been spared from the wrath that was due as punishment.  As you give this year, give unconditionally, just like your Father did.  What you get in return is not where the blessing lies.  The blessing lies in knowing that you are displaying His love to those who may otherwise not experience it. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

 

Thursday, December 20

Ephesians 2:12-13

12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.   

Out of all of the gifts that you could receive this Christmas, those things you may have your heart set on those that you may return or regift, the greatest and sometimes most overlooked gift is acceptance.  This is what every person is truly looking for.  People want to know that they are wanted, needed and appreciated.  When Jesus shed blood was presented to the Father, God received it as the sufficient sacrifice for the sins of man.  He tore through the veil and could once again allow man to be in His presence.  You see, God didn’t separate Himself from people because He was mad at them or hurt by their rebellion.  He had to.  If He didn’t, sinful man, being in the presence of perfect glory and holiness would have died on the spot.  Sin cannot exist in God’s presence.  God never stopped loving people or wanting them near Him but He didn’t want them to die either.  The blood of Jesus removed the stain of sin that was on man and God could once again express His love to him again face to face.  You are accepted, you are wanted, and you are loved by your Heavenly Father.  He gave His Son just so He could be with you. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

 

Friday, December 21

Colossians 1:11-13

11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

Out of all of the different perspectives that people have about Christmas, the Kingdom perspective usually isn’t one of them.  In American culture today, Christmas is associated with hustle, bustle, shopping, and the hassle of overcommitment and scheduling.  It’s more about chaos and inconvenience than it is about the very order that Jesus came to reestablish.  When a king or ruler is in place and doing their job properly, there will be order throughout their kingdom.  When you you allow Jesus to be in the proper place in your life, you will experience the divine order of the Kingdom of God.  The very peace and life that you were lacking before you knew Him, when the enemy was causing chaos in your life, is what He came to establish.  The moment you accepted the sacrifice of His shed blood, He transferred you from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.  As you submit to the Kingdom’s ways and principles you will experience the Divine order that comes with it.  If you’re dealing with the stress and frustration that so many people do during the Christmas season, ask Him to help you refocus and maintain the proper Kingdom perspective.  You can and should experience life to the fullest as you celebrate Jesus this time of year. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

 

Saturday, December 22

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Is your joy for the Christmas Season real or artificial.  Just like you have the option of purchasing an actual, planted and grown Christmas tree or an artificial one, many people put on an artificial celebration of what this day represents.  There is an alarming lack of understanding of the meaning of what Christmas truly is.  When is the last time you asked God, “What did You really do on that first Christmas?”  Which will lead you also ask, “What really took place on the cross?”  The Holy Spirit’s purpose in your life is to bring you enlightenment about who He is and what He has done for you.  He has extended you an invitation to reason with Him.  This doesn’t mean that you get to sit down and unload all of your theology and ideas on Him.  But, what it does mean is that you can ask Him anything and He will give you His counsel and understanding.  Think about what an amazing gift that is!  When you apply that kind of privilege to your life, your joy will be built upon your relationship and understanding, not upon the fact that everyone says you should be happy because it’s Jesus’ birthday.  So, set aside some time, get out your Bible and pen, grab a cup of coffee, and have a counseling session with God.  What you experience will bring the pure joy that comes with knowing Him.  Not an artificial joy behind a fake smile. - Merry Christmas!  Pastor Jeff

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