His Coming. Christmas Devotional. December 14.

It was a mad rush, everyone reacting in haste, a sense of urgency, similar to Black Friday.

Day 12

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Luke 2:1-4–And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Ceasar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be tax, everyone one into his own city. And Joseph also went from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: (because he was of the house of lineage of David:)

The descendants of King David had been ordered to pay their taxes, ordered by Ceasar Augustus. Another similarity to Black Friday. Money. And little did this small town know the birth of a King was about to happen.

Why? They were too busy, settling in for the night rather than worrying about others while Ceasar Augustus counted his money. No doubt they saw Mary great with child on donkey and Joseph, weary…before closing their doors for the night. No doubt Joseph was frantic to find a place for Jesus’ birthplace. But not one opened their doors.

Are we going to be like Bethlehem? Will we close the door on the Greatest Gift?

This is a beautiful song from Casting Crowns with a powerful message.

While You Were Sleeping

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

How to be a gift this Christmas

Pray for our country

Pray for our world 

All scriptures referenced are from the KJV Bible

 

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