Day 21: Noel

Noel, Noel, come and see what God has done

Happy Wednesday afternoon everyone! Welcome to day 21 of our Christmas count up! I woke up this morning and I realised that it’s only FOUR DAYS until Christmas. How exciting is that! I really hope you enjoy this beautiful song today. It’s “Noel” from Chris Tomlin’s Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship album. It is sung by Lauren Daigle and every time I listen to her amazing voice, I get goosebumps! She has been blessed with an incredible voice and she worships God with all of her heart and soul. I love Lauren’s music and I know Caitlin is a huge fan as well! This song is a Christmas carol as much as it is a song of worship. Take the time to listen to the words of this wonderful song to remember Jesus who came to earth to save us.

 

“Love incarnate, love divine, star and angels gave the sign, bow to babe on bended knee, the, Saviour of humanity, unto us a Child is born, he shall reign forevermore…”

On that first Christmas, God, who is love sent His son Jesus to earth as a baby in human form. He was still fully God but one of us. The angels told the shepherds about the Saviour who had come to earth. It was a normal night for them until they sky exploded with angles proclaiming the good news about the birth of Jesus! The shepherds in the field were the first to see Jesus after the angels had told them the news. The Shepherds went to share the great news about what they had been told by the angels. The Shepherds were just one of the many people who came to witness Jesus, the Saviour of the world. In the same way they came to worship Him, we must come to Jesus and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour. Jesus came to save us all from our sin. Before Jesus, we were dead in our sin, but the birth of Jesus saw hope come into the world. Jesus is The Saviour who came to earth to pay the punishment for our sins. When we give our lives to Jesus and trust Him as Lord and Saviour, He reigns as King in our lives. Our lives belong to Him and no longer to us.

There are so many people who may just dismiss the Christmas story as a made up story or fantasy, but it is a real historical event. More than that, the birth of Jesus is a life changing event. When we are reminded of the birth of Jesus this Christmas, may we be like the Shepherds when they first heard the news of Jesus’ birth. Let’s come to Jesus, giving him praise and glory!  May we also take the opportunity to tell others about this amazing event, so they will know there is so much more to Christmas than just the festivities.

Here is some of Luke Chapter two (Luke 2:8-20)- I was reading this passage earlier this week with some friends and one thing that stood out to me was the reaction of the Shepherds.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

“Noel, Noel, come and see what God has done, Noel, Noel, the story of amazing love! The light of the world, given for us, Noel…”

God has done something amazing for us. He has given His one and only son for our sake. He still loves us more than we can ever imagine, even though we reject Him daily. No other god in any other religion came to earth to dwell among us, only God did, the one true God. He became one of us. Jesus is the light of the world and when we live for Jesus we are living in the light and no longer in the darkness of our sin. Let’s give God all our thanks and praise for the gift of life He has given us through sending Jesus. He gave Himself so that we can live.

John 1:14-The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 9:15-Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

I thank you Lord for Christmas, a time when we can come to worship and give thanks for Jesus, who came as a baby, humbling Himself to become one of us. I praise you Lord for you amazing love, that you care for each and every one of us. We want to thank you for the indescribable gift of Jesus, who gives us our salvation. May we be like the Shepherds and give you glory and praise for the wonderful news of Jesus. I pray people who don’t know about you will come to discover this amazing news. In Jesus name, Amen.

God Bless everyone and I really hope you enjoy this beautiful song!

Josh Clarke- The Faith Filled Friends

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4 thoughts on “Day 21: Noel

  1. This is amazing Josh! I really enjoyed this devotion today 🙏🏼🙌🏼 May we never forget the true meaning of Christmas and be encouraged through this to share the good news about what has come! ☺️

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    • Thank you Caitlin 🙂 I’m really glad you enjoyed reading it! I was trying to choose between this song and another Christmas carol by For King and Country, but I’m glad I chose this one!
      Amen!

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