GodTracker 740The e-devotional helping to keep you on track with God’s plans for your life.GodTracker is published at godtracker.co.uk
Joseph walked wearily beside the donkey bearing his lovely new wife as they entered Bethlehem. Mary was more than 9-months pregnant and on the verge of labour. Most of his family lived in Bethlehem but none offered him a room, even though his wife was about to give birth. You see, Mary had fallen pregnant outside of marriage. “They’d never understand,” Joseph whispered to himself as he knocked on the door of the last inn, in the main road. “The angel said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’”
In the manger of that inn, Mary cradled her new-born in her arms, wondering, “Who is this child that shepherds and kings bow before him?” She marvelled at the way he was conceived. “Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus,” the angel had said to her
As he grew, Mary wondered at Jesus’ wisdom and grace. And then, when he turned 30, he began to proclaim the Kingdom of God. He taught, he fed and he healed the multitudes who followed him. Mary knew he was a special person – a prophet, even. But she was still unclear as to his final calling. “Why dear God, did I give birth to him? What is your purpose for my boy?”
Jesus said things like, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And he said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Then he said, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”
Now, as Mary’s dried eyes gazed at her dear son, suspended between heaven and earth on a cross of wood; crucified for crimes he’d not committed, it all made sense. Her boy was born for one purpose: to innocently die to bear the consequence of the sins of the world. She knew that he was sinless – he was conceived by the Holy Spirit – and that all humanity was sinful. One had to die as a proxy for all; and her dear Jeshua was that One. It all made sense now – the cross was in the crib.
God-tracking is believing the cross was in the crib.
If today’s GodTracker has made sense to you then please pray the prayer below.
READ ALL ABOUT ITMatthew 1:18-25Matthew 2:1-6Luke 2:1-20John 14:6John 12:24John 10:17-18
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SO DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I now believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose again from death, so that I could be reconciled to you
“Father God, I see it now. Though Jesus was sinless I am guilty of sin. You brought him to earth on what we celebrate as Christmas, to live a pure lie but to die for all sin. It all makes sense now. I repent of my sin – I admit it to you. Forgive me, O Father. I now believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose again from death, so that I could be reconciled to you. I now confess Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Saviour and give my life to serve you. Amen.”
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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional, written by Dudley Anderson, based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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