Our journey together through the 2018-2019 Christmas season has concentrated on the challenge, “O Come Let Us Adore Him.”We have stepped back in time to explore the various components of the of the first Christmas story, such as the prophecies regarding the Promised Messiah; the unexpected and laborious trip to Bethlehem for a mandated census and where Mary gave birth to the long-awaited Messiah; the angels’ birth announcement to shepherds tending their flocks in the outskirts of Bethlehem, the love that God demonstrated via the messages that He sent the angels to proclaim. Our use of the symbolic candles in the Advent wreath (hope, preparation, joy, and love) concluded with the final white Christ-candle. In this devotional we concentrated on the reason we celebrate the Christmas season, which is the birth of our Messiah-Saviour, Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that we avoid the hustle and bustle, our Christmas traditions, or celebrating with family and friends or colleagues. It does mean that we elevate our celebration in our hearts and homes as we bend our knees and will to Him and His purpose for our lives. In doing so, we lift Jesus up so that others may be drawn to Him, too. Hallelujah!
Moreover, throughout the season we have considered the enduring truths gleaned from the narrative of the first Christmas and that still apply to our lives today—for example, worship, love, and adoration of our Creator and Saviour—because Jesus is the Living Word; and, in a nutshell, “We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God; and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice” (The Salvation Army, Doctrine #: 1-- This doctrine comes directly from 2 Timothy 3: 1§rt, and help at such times. As we experience this truth in our lives, it becomes more natural for us to turn to Him. Hallelujah!
The Scriptures are filled with verses and passages about developing our relationship with Christ. We often ask or hear the question, “Where do I start?” One site provides 100 Bible verses about strengthening our relationship with Jesus, and I’m providing the website to give you a beginning point. I pray that we all will fall in love over and over again: O Come Let Us Adore Him! Hallelujah!!
https://www.openbible.info/topics/strengthening_our_relationship_with_jesusBlessings & Peace
Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)