How do you prepare for Christmas? Joy to the World: Christmas throughout the Year is a 25 day devotional, specifically written for December 1st through Christmas Day. It will help you properly prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Today is the Introduction to the book.
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Here’s the Introduction:
How do we prepare for a major celebration? Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or anything else, there are always things to do in advance. What if we didn’t make any preparations? That would greatly affect the event—not for good, though. What about our planning for the most unique and important birthday of all? Will we have any preparation? Or will we treat it without much meaning?
This book helps us prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s so easy to get caught up with the busyness of the season, not truly realizing and experiencing the meaning of Christmas—Jesus came to save us. There are twenty-five devotionals. Each one will give us a deeper understanding of the significance of His birth.
While it’s a wonderful season for decorations, gifts, and enjoyment, we must never neglect the real meaning of Christmas, wrapped in swaddling cloths. To ignore Him is the greatest tragedy of all. Christmas would then be like an ocean without water.
Although Joy to the World has been specifically written for the first twenty-five days of December, leading up to that joyous day, Christmas throughout the Year highlights that the Christmas celebration isn’t just for December 25th or even the month of December. His birth has a year-round prominence. Each day we can have the joy of Christmas—continually discovering God’s inexpressible gift. Not even eternity will be sufficient to unpack His gift.
Whether read during the first twenty-five days of December or at any other time of the year, we need to know that He came to redeem, reconcile, and restore us to God—“born to raise the sons of earth; born to give them second birth” (Hark the Herald Angels Sing). Jesus’ birth made a new beginning a living reality. He came into our dark world to bring light, hope, and joy!
We’ll primarily look at Bible verses from the prophet Isaiah and the gospel of Luke. Isaiah lived about seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth. He prophesied of His coming and the nature of His mission. Luke, of all the gospel writers, gave us the most detailed overview of the events surrounding His birth. We’ll also look at verses from Genesis, Micah, Matthew, John, Second Corinthians, Galatians, and First John.
Whether we’ve been a believer for many years or are considering the meaning of Christmas for the very first time, we stand on level ground. Our sins have subjected us to God’s righteous judgment. We need to be saved! Jesus came to do so. That’s what Christmas is all about, whether on December 25th or any other day of the year.
The Devotional Writer