Christmas 23 – Little baby boy who never grew old – Devotional

Day 1: The Incarnation of Christ
Bible Reading: John 1:1-14
Devotional: Today we focus on the profound mystery of God becoming flesh. As John introduces us to Jesus, the Word made flesh, we’re invited to ponder the depth of God’s love and the purpose of Jesus’ coming. Reflect on the image of Jesus as a baby in a manger—vulnerable, yet divine. How does this image challenge your understanding of God’s nature and His approach to humanity?

Reflection Questions:

  1. How does the description of Jesus as the “Word” deepen your understanding of His relationship with God and us?
  2. What does it mean to you that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”?
  3. In what ways does recognizing Jesus as both fully God and fully human affect your worship and daily life?

Day 2: Grace Upon Grace
Bible Reading: John 1:15-18
Devotional: John the Baptist declares that Jesus is the preeminent One, who blesses us with grace upon grace. This passage encourages us to consider the unending grace that God offers through Jesus Christ. Consider how grace has been evident in your life and how it might change the way you interact with others.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does the phrase “grace upon grace” signify in your spiritual journey?
  2. How does Jesus’ fullness of grace and truth provide a balance in your own life?
  3. Reflect on a time when you experienced God’s grace in an abundant or unexpected way.

Day 3: Beyond the Manger
Bible Reading: Luke 2:8-20
Devotional: The shepherds were among the first to witness the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Their response was to glorify and praise God. Today, meditate on the significance of Jesus’ humble birth and His growth beyond the manger. How can you move beyond simply celebrating His birth to living out His teachings?

Reflection Questions:

  1. What can we learn from the shepherds’ response to the good news of Jesus’ birth?
  2. How can we honor Jesus’ birth while also focusing on His life, teachings, and sacrifice?
  3. What steps can you take to ensure that the story of Jesus influences your daily life, not just at Christmas?

Day 4: The Journey to the Cross
Bible Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Devotional: In this passage, Paul describes Jesus’ humility and obedience, culminating in His death on the cross. Contemplate the connection between the manger and the cross, recognizing that Jesus’ birth was the beginning of a journey leading to our redemption.

Reflection Questions:

  1. How does Jesus’ example of humility inspire you to live your life?
  2. What does it mean to you that Jesus became obedient to death, even death on a cross?
  3. How can you embody the attitude of Christ in your relationships and interactions with others?

Day 5: Resurrection and New Life
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-22
Devotional: Paul presents the cornerstone of our faith—the resurrection. As we conclude this reading plan, let’s celebrate the full story of Jesus, who conquered death and offers us new life. Embrace the hope of resurrection and consider how this hope shapes your understanding of Christmas and beyond.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does the resurrection of Jesus signify for you personally and for the world?
  2. How does the hope of resurrection influence the way you view life’s challenges and opportunities?
  3. In what ways can you live out the joy and hope of the resurrection throughout the year?
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