Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

How are you going to celebrate Christmas?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

During the Christmas season most people seem preoccupied with shopping, entertaining, decorating their homes, sending out cards, visiting friends, buying presents, drinking and partying.

But how are you going to celebrate Christmas?

With all that’s going on in the world around us let’s not forget that this is a time to honour the fact that God sent His Son to be born in a manger and to become our Saviour. As Christians, we should celebrate in a unique way.

Here are some suggestions for our celebration of the birth of Christ:

1. Share Jesus with others

That’s what the shepherds did,

‘When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child’ (Luke 2:17).

We’re to make Him known to those around us and help them understand that He came as a Saviour. There are many opportunities available during Christmas. We can witness through the cards we send out. We witness by how we decorate our homes. We witness through the carols we sing. And we witness by inviting people to attend church services with us. Be intentional about sharing Christ this Christmas.

2. Be amazed at Jesus and think deeply about Him

That’s what the people who heard about Jesus from the shepherds, and his mother Mary did:

‘and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’. (V. 18-19).

The King James Version of verse 18 reads ‘And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds’.

Those who heard the shepherds were amazed and they wondered at the things told them. They mused on what they heard. In other words they sat back, meditated, and thought.

The word ‘amuse’ adds the negative prefix which means "to not muse." Amusements are those things that keep us from thinking seriously about anything. Christmas is a wonderful time for amusement, yet when those in Luke 2 heard about Jesus they mused on Him.

But Mary’s response was even more intense than amazement and wonder, she pondered all these things in her heart. That means she delved beneath the surface to contemplate, trying to understand. She committed all these events to memory. She was a woman who thought deeply about what was happening in her life.

It’s easy for us to become so busy around Christmas that we don’t spend time in personal Bible study and prayer. We can let the outward celebrations of the holiday take us away from the one thing that should mean the most to us as Christians. We have to make time for thinking about the implications of the birth of Christ and never lose the wonder and amazement.

3. Praise God for Jesus

Again that’s what the shepherds did:

‘The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told’. (V. 20)

Christmas provides us with tremendous opportunities for praising God as we publicly worship through singing our wonderful carols and listen to the Word expounded, and in our personal worship as we pray and quietly praise Him.

To celebrate Christmas as Christians, we’ve got to take a step back from the busyness of the season and the materialism of the world and focus on Him!

Jesus is our celebration. He is our Honoured One. He is our King. Let’s praise God for Him.

Have a good week sharing Jesus, being amazed as you think deeply about Him, and praising God for Him.

Pastor Barry

20th December 2009

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