This Week’s Devotional Topic

THE LORD IS COME

Joy to the world, the LORD is come! For those of us who have received Him as our savior and King, we can’t imagine life without Him. And we don’t want to even imagine what our lives would be like if He had not come. And for you who have not yet recognized your sin and believed in Christ, accepting God’s gift of salvation through his son Jesus, then you are missing out, living without the benefits offered to you because the LORD DID come and He did it all for YOU. Please think on these things as we look at scripture describing the fact that Jesus Christ has come.

Matthew 18:10-14   Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Luke 19:5-10   And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 

John 3:16-21   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 

 When Lazarus had died, when Jesus came to that town, he said to Martha….

“… Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come…”

One of my favorite Christmas stories, I can remember my mother reading to us children is found in a book called “Christ and the Fine Arts” by Cynthia Pearl Maus. The story is “IF HE HAD NOT COME” by Nan F. Weeks. Even as a child, it broke my heart to imagine what it would be like if Christ had not come. Praise God, by His grace we will never see our world without Him. Joy to the world…the LORD IS COME….let earth receive her King!

This week’s Scripture:

Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 19:5-10; John 3:16-21; Isaiah 53:1-5 and Luke 2:4-11

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