12/4/13

Joy of Christmas: Day Four

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ. Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season. We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby. He is so much more than that! We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story. But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on

finding joy in Christ!

Joy of Christmas: Day Four

The Call to Abraham
You may have noticed that these stories are going to trace the linage of Christ.  We began with the Creation of the world.  Then moved on to Adam and Eve and Noah.  Next, we find ourselves with Abraham.  Abraham is the Father of the Jewish nation.  He was called from his homeland in the Mesopotamian Valley and traveled to the land of Canaan.  God called Abraham to become a "Father of many nations." In Genesis 15 God is reminding Abraham of His promise.

Genesis 15:4-6
Then He [God] brought him [Abraham] outside and said, 'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.' And He said to him, 'So shall your descendants be.' And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness."

God's purpose for Abraham was to make a nation from which the Savior would be born. Jesus Christ was to come to rescue the world through the family of Abraham.  We have that joy that God is ready to bless and use us to bless.  Abraham was called to be a blessing.  If you are of Christ, you too are called to be a blessing.  Our lives are to be lived out as blessings to others.  We truly do have joy when serving others.  Christ brings joy to those that bless others.  How are you going to be a blessing today?



**Note:  A simple google search will give you several options concerning the devotions and ornaments associated with the Jesse Tree.  This is a site that I like: HERE