Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, December 25th, 2011
The Day The World Changed Forever
And she gave birth to her firstborn Son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7 (NAS)
December 25th is not about a red-suited man named Santa.

It's not about breaks from school or time off of work.

It's not about parties, presents, or holiday cheer.

It's not even about the families we love.

It's about Jesus: the Man who changed everything. December 25th is the day we celebrate our release from a prison with camouflaged bars, as the door to eternity opened.

And hope came in on the wings of a Dove Who agreed to teach us to fly. It's the day we discovered a Rock that cannot be moved and signs that say, 'Build here. It's free. You'll find room and a view.' It's the day we learned how much we are worth and what true love really means. It's the day shepherds came first to the throne disguised as a crib in a barn.

It's the day the real Son came out to shine.

The world was turned upside down and right side up on this day. A Baby fell between the knees of a virgin, and our redemption began to rise. A death sign that hung from the exit of Adam would be lifted from the top of a cross.

Scholars became fools and the simple grew wise as our enemy was truly revealed. We're offered armor of light in a royal commission with a promise of status and grace.

But when Jesus came into our world, there was no room for Him at the inn. The Bible says He's coming back. Yet again, most inns have 'No Occupancy' signs hanging in their windows; they are too busy to welcome angels, saints, signs, wonders, or even the Son of God.

Let us celebrate the day the world changed forever, Who changed it, and why. Let's clean out our lives and hearts to keep our best room ready for the King.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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