Christmas Day Devotional

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. . . . For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.” – John 1:14, 17 (NLT)

For most of my life, Christmas morning has been full of wonder, delight, and glory. As a child, I eagerly anticipated the gifts around the tree. As a young adult, before kids, there was something majestic about going to a very late Christmas Eve service and rising sleepily the next morning to coffee and being with family. When kids came along, the excitement of children reawakened delightful glee. In all the stages of my life so far, there is a seeing that opens up on Christmas morning . . . the glory of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness that comes right alongside of us in the person of Jesus. His presence has always been present on Christmas morning, and somehow, his gift has made each morning one of glory.

When John writes of seeing the fullness of Jesus’ glory, he could be pointing to a number of moments in the life of Jesus, for so many reveal the glorious truth and reality of Jesus. Yet most of the followers of Christ who have read John understand him to be describing a full summary of Jesus’ life, from prophecy to conception, to his birth, miracles and teachings, to his arrest, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension into Glory. This is what John sees in one fell swoop of a pen – the glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only son who enters the world with unfailing love and faithfulness.

On Christmas Day there is much to stir our imaginations, and as much as possible, we like to keep things bright, cheery, and positive. The glory Jesus brings allows for that, and it also embraces us when all is not well, when we need healing, deliverance, rest, or saving.

Jesus comes as a baby and if we look closely, we can see and hear all that He did. Plus, we can see all he is doing and will do. When we behold His glory, our Christmas can always be full of wonder, delight, and glory.

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