On this Christmas morning, below is a devotional for you to gather your family together and read aloud. We will resume our study of Mark after the first of the New Year.
“The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, . . .” Luke 2:11
The anticipation of Advent is fulfilled on Christmas day, with the arrival of Jesus, the Savior, Christ and Lord. Begin your family devotion this morning by listening to the carol, “What Child is This?” As your family listens, focus on the amazement surrounding the birth of Jesus. Focus on the ways the lyrics identify Jesus.
What Child is this is the question of Christmas. It’s the one question on everyone’s mind that first Christmas morning. Mary and Joseph had experienced the supernatural work of God. In awe, they ask, what Child is this? The shepherds had heard of Him from an angelic visitation. In their joy-filled terror they asked, what Child is this? The wise-men saw and followed the star to the Savior. In wonder they exclaimed, what Child is this?
It’s this day of celebration which brings us back to the one question for which every person must find the answer, “what Child is this?” Thankfully scripture gives us the answer to the question. For today’s devotion read Colossians 1:15-20 aloud to your family, let the words wash over you, let the identity of Christ amaze you.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Read this passage three times today: (1) before opening presents, (2) before meal time and (3) once before going to bed. Prayerfully and carefully pay attention to His attributes and receive Him anew.