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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 7:18-23

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the only way to christmas day

“Only in the Lord are just deeds and power.” —Isaiah 45:24

There’s only one name, only one Lord, and only one Way to be saved, go to the Father, and have Christmas (Jn 14:6). Jesus is not only the Way to salvation (Acts 4:12); He is also the Way to healing, victory, freedom, and Christmas. Jesus is not only “the reason for the season,” He’s the only Way to Christmas Day. Jesus is both the Beginning and the End of Christmas (see Rv 22:13). He is “the Lord, there is no other” (Is 45:6).

Some people try to make Christmas like they try to “make love.” A human being can make neither a true Christmas nor true love. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing, including Christmas (Jn 15:5). As we approach Christmas, we don’t need to do more or “do it ourselves.” Rather, we must “let it be done” to us according to God’s Word (Lk 1:38).

We must be at the feet of Jesus, like Mary of Bethany (Lk 10:39, 42), to have a “Mary” Christmas. At Christmas, we don’t need working hands as much as praying hands. We must learn to receive before we give, to wait before we run. Christmas is first a gift from Christ to you before you make it a gift to Christ from you. Remember, Jesus loved us first (1 Jn 4:19).

Prayer:  Jesus, may I immerse myself so deeply in You that I have no room for the attractions of this world.

Promise:  “Blest is that man who finds no stumbling block in Me.” —Lk 7:23

Praise:  James investigated many religions before finding the Catholic Faith.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, listen to, download or order our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 or view, download or order our leaflet on our website.)

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