Day 5

Day 5

Day 5 - God sets the stage. Our Father’s view of Christmas.

John 3:16-17 - For God loved the world in this

way: He gave his one and only Son, so that

everyone who believes in him will not perish

but have eternal life. (17) For God did not

send his Son into the world to condemn the

world, but to save the world through him.

Remember Jesus’s words about the Father in the Sermon on the Mount? He said we

should revere His name as holy. That we should praise Him for His coming kingdom

and that His will be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. The verses above reveal that

God’s entire rescue mission to save us started with our Father. Jesus was doing His will

at every point in His life.

Our Father doesn’t get as much press as Jesus at Christmas time, but really the whole

thing was His plan...

Day 4

Day 4

Day 4 - God sets the stage. How Jesus viewed it.

Hebrews 12:2 - keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Several of my SSBN patrols, (missile boat runs), were from American home ports. As

we embarked, the wives of the married guys would all be waving and crying as they sent

us off on the pier. I don’t think anyone wanted to go on the three month patrol cycle, but

we all knew what we were doing was necessary for keeping our country and our

families safe. No pain or danger was too great to face compared to seeing their smiles

at our safe return. Love is like that.

Interesting, isn’t it? That for Jesus it was a joy to come at Christmas, knowing He would

suffer and die to restore us to His side.

Day 3

Day 3

Day 3 - God sets the stage. How Jesus viewed it.

Philippians 2:5-8 - Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, (6) who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. (7) Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, (8) he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.

In America, the higher up in the business world you go usually the more detached you

get from the work force. The perks are given from the top down. If you watch the show

‘Undercover Boss’ it’s always amazing to see the education the bosses get as they face

the challenges their workers face. I have to think each business was blessed as each

boss humbled themselves during the experience.

Jesus was and is the CEO of the universe. That didn’t stop Him from coming for us.

Day 2

Day 2

Day 2 - God sets the stage. Why?

Ephesians 2:4-5 - But God, who is rich in

mercy, because of his great love that he had

for us, (5) made us alive with Christ even

though we were dead in trespasses. You are

saved by grace!

Colonel Joshua Chamberlain’s speech to mutineers before the battle of Gettysburg –

(edited)

“This is a different kind of army. If you look back through history, you will see men

fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot. They fight for land, power,

because a king leads them or -- or just because they like killing. But we are here for

something new. This has not happened much in the history of the world. We are an

army out to set other men free.

But it’s not the land. There’s always more land.

It’s the idea that we all have value -- you and me.

What we’re fighting for, in the end, we’re fighting for each other.”

The reason behind the cross, behind His coming at Christmas, is the surpassing value

God sees in us. No price is too high to pay to rescue the ones you love.

Day 1

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Day 1

Day 1 - God sets the stage. When?

Ephesians 1:3-10 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the

heavens in Christ. (4) For he chose us in him, before the foundation

of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. (5) He

predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself,

according to the good pleasure of his will, (6) to the praise of his

glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One. (7) In him

we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our

trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (8) that he richly

poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. (9) He made known

to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he

purposed in Christ (10) as a plan for the right time—to bring

everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on

earth in him.

As a child I looked forward to Christmas rather selfishly. I loved the lights, the

family get-togethers and, of course, the gifts. As I’ve matured over the years, though, the

allure of Christmas has changed for me. The Christmas season now has become an

opportunity to reach out and love on others. To do it right you really need a plan and

usually it’s best to start making or buying presents as early as possible. To touch hearts

and encourage others takes effort.

God started planning for Christmas back before the formation of the Universe.

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