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The Songs of Christmas, Christmas Devotional #12

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Mild he lays his glory by; 
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.    -1 Peter 1:3 NIV

It’s fun to look at a tiny baby and imagine what he will grow up to become. It could be anything – a pilot, a policeman, a chef, an astronaut, a pastor, or a million other options. The future is wide open and full of possibilities.

Jesus was born with one purpose. As it says in the carol, he was “born that man no more may die.” His birth was all about our new birth. In 1 Peter 1:3, Peter praises God for the “new birth into a living hope” – and all that is possible because Jesus laid aside his glory and offered Himself in our place, taking the punishment of death we deserved for our sins. His death and resurrection gives us new life. As you go about your business and your busyness of the season, intentionally take a few moments to slow down and remember that Jesus was born to give YOU a second birth. What a reason to praise Him!

Questions:
How do you express your gratitude to Jesus for the new life He gives you?
Who in your life doesn't yet realize the true reason for Jesus' birth? What will you do to share it with them?
 
 

Find all the devotionals from, Carols: A Christmas Devotional reading plan available at YouVersion.com, used with permission of lifechurch.tv

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 4:28:00 AM by Hans Rasmussen in Christmas, in The Songs of Christmas

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Written by Hans Rasmussen

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