S (Scripture): Luke 2:1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire for taxes. 2:2 This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
O (Observation): So this is how our Christmas story begins…in the shadow of the likes of Caesar Augustus and Quirinius, Governor of Syria.
Jesus’ birth seems a bit insignificant. This course that God takes to enter into our midst in the person of Jesus of
Nazareth seems minuscule compared to the powers that exist in the world. Jesus is born in the most humble of settings. And that could have been me or you rejecting Mary and Joseph, “Sorry, there’s no room.”
God’s people have lost most of their hope. The God-ordained homeland of God’s people has been ripped away. They now live under foreign power from Rome.
From where would hope come? From Bethlehem. Who would receive this message? Lowly shepherds.
Everything points to weakness, and yet this most powerful of days, Christmas morning, the birth of Jesus, is the beginning of God’s new revolution. A LOVElution.
A (Application): I’m very thankful and grateful for all of you who interact with me trough this blog. These are my daily devotions with The Lord. Most often, I do this devotion/blog first thing in the morning, so as to receive clarity and revelation from God for my day.
And maybe, through these seemingly insignificant devotions, something big can happen. My faith, your faith, can be transformed. You and I can be inspired by the Spirit to do great things. Thanks for interacting with me in this space.
Today, I open presents with my wife and our kids, since Christmas Day is almost always a travel day for us. (Someone’s gotta lead worship on Christmas Eve : )
In keeping with my commitment to finding a rhythm of Abiding and Bearing Fruit, I’ll be stepping away from these posts until January 5. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
P (Prayer): Lord, you came to us in all humility, and conquered the power of sin and death. Help us to remember your power and love in this world, and help us to participate in the LOVElution you began 2,000 years ago. Amen.
(P.s. As a follow-up to my post yesterday…our son is doing just fine. He is recovering nicely from oral surgery for removal of a cyst. Thanks for the prayers!)