Monday, December 25 – Matthew 1:16
Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
During the season of Advent, so many resources are available to help us celebrate Christmas and to build anticipation in our hearts. Throughout this month we have been preparing for today, whether shopping for gifts, cleaning the house for guests, or singing Christmas carols. Finally, after all the anticipation and waiting, the day is here: it’s time to celebrate the newborn King! Are you ready?
Even in the miraculous context surrounding Jesus’s conception and birth, He falls into the line of Matthew’s recorded genealogy alongside the others without flashiness or grandeur. Despite the anticipation throughout the Old Testament for the coming king and the longing for final reconciliation with God, this magnificent moment could be missed. Jesus, God in flesh—a baby born through a family. Even His arrival displayed His humility and servant’s heart. Philippians 2:5-7 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.” One way we honor and celebrate Christ this Christmas day is by living in His likeness, emptying ourselves as servants like He did. Today we celebrate more than the gifts and traditions we hold. We celebrate the reconciliation made possible through Jesus, who has taken us from darkness into the light. Celebrate Him today!
- What can you learn about Jesus through His arrival as a baby?
- How are you celebrating Christmas today? How can you act as a servant today?
- Pray and thank God for how Jesus came in such a humble way. Ask God to form your heart as a servant this Christmas and every day.