Christmas Devotionals – 12/06

By Dani Andrews
Isaiah 9:1-7
In these verses Isaiah prophesied about Jesus and his kingdom, and by reading them, we can be reminded of God’s faithfulness to save his people.
“The people walking in darkness
  have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
  a light has dawned.”
Let your heart be reminded of the simple truth of the Gospel: that you were once living in deep darkness, separated from God because of your sin. But because of His great love for you, Jesus came to earth to die and be risen again to save you from your sin! He has brought you out of the darkness and into his glorious light!
Take a moment to remember when you first began to understand your sin and need for Jesus. What was happening in your life at that time? Let those memories move you into a prayer of thanks and rejoicing. Thank Jesus for His great mercy and love towards you! For guiding you in seeing His truth.
Next, read Isaiah 9:6-7.
“For to us a child is born,
  to us a son is given,
  and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
  there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
  and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
  with justice and righteousness
  from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
  will accomplish this. “
In these verses, Isaiah gives us four names describing Jesus. Reflect on those names. How has Jesus been your Wonderful Counselor? How have you seen Him as Mighty God? Everlasting Father? Prince of Peace?
Take another moment to pray; praise God for the specific ways in which he has revealed himself to you as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Then ask for Him to help you learn more about Jesus and love him better each day. Finally, pray that he would continue to expand His Kingdom in your city and around the world so that other people may be saved and rejoice in the gospel too.