Prepare your heart for the holidays in this devotion with Heather Hart.
Bible Verse for Today
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”Luke 2:10
Devotion for Today
Christmas for Everyone
Last Christmas we played one of those crazy Christmas party games. In this particular game, you have a wrapped present, two dice, and a set of oven mitts. You pass the dice around the table until someone rolls doubles, and then the game begins.
The person who rolled doubles passes the dice to the next person and puts on the oven mitts. They have until the next person rolls doubles to try and open the present with the mitts on, then they pass the mitts to the next person and let them try. And so on.
At most parties, whoever ends up unwrapping the present gets to keep it, but we used a family present, so we all shared it. It was a ton of fun, but I think my favorite part was that no one walked away disappointed. The gift was for everyone.
While that pales in comparison to the gift of God, I love that Jesus is for everyone. When the angels appeared to the shepherds, that’s one of the first things they said; “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
No one gets left out when it comes to Jesus.
The shepherds were pretty secluded. They were usually considered social outcasts, but the angels came to them; to the nobodies. And they didn’t even give the shepherds a chance to ask who they were to receive this news.
Jesus was for all people, including the lowly. His birth was attended by angels, rich magi, lowly shepherds, and probably some livestock. God doesn’t discriminate. Paul reminds us of that in Galatians 3 where he wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Just as Jesus’ birth was a gift for all people, so was His death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Because of His willingness to die for our sins, we have the gift of grace. We have forgiveness we don’t deserve.
As Christmas draws closer, we spend time wrapping presents, and buying gifts, but we already have the greatest gift of all—the gift of Christmas. Jesus came to live and die so we could have eternal life. And in that eternal life we have comfort, security, and hope. Life may not always be perfect, but we can rest secure in the knowledge that Christ has overcome the world.No one gets left out when it comes to Jesus. Click To Tweet
 Luke 2:10 emphasis mine.
 Galatians 3:28
 John 16:33
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