Day 23 // The Announcement of His Birth

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15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. (Colossians 1:15-23 NIV)

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We serve an invisible God, a God we cannot see and One who has no human features.  But He does have characteristics we can name — characteristics that are part of His image.  God’s image includes creativity, light, protection, life, and unbridled love.  God used all of His characteristics to create a wonderful life for us.  Through God everything was created – heaven and earth, land and water, plants, animals, and people. 

After God created everything good, we sinned and could no longer live in peace with Him.  Because of sin, we became God’s enemies. Because He loves us, He didn’t want it to stay that way.  God didn’t want what He created to be disconnected from Him, but there was nothing in creation that could bring us back to Him.  Only God Himself could do that.

So, on that Christmas night long ago, God took on human form for us.  God the Father sent God the Son (Jesus) on a rescue mission to bring us back into His presence. God basically looked at Himself, and said, “Tag!  You’re it!”

The game of tag has many variations.  One way to play includes selecting one person to be “It.”  That person runs around looking for others to tag, and then they also become “It.”  The game is played with more and more people getting the ability to tag others.  When everyone is tagged, the game is over. 

Jesus came down to earth to help us win at a game called “life.” Before He came, we were losing because of our sin.  Jesus entered the game and paid the price to be the eternal “It” for us, with His blood.  Jesus made it His promise to become the “It” factor in our lives, tagging us with His love and truth.  

That’s good news! 

For us, we continue to play this game of tag that Jesus put us in by believing the Good News that Jesus is indeed the “It” who paid for our sins.  Because we have been tagged by His love, we now have the power to tag others and continue spreading the gospel of Christ.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  • Have you ever played “Tag?”  Recount the experience with your friends or family.
  • How has Jesus shown that His love is the ultimate answer for your life?
  • How have you shown others through Christ’s love that Jesus is “it”?
  • What does this passage reveal about God? His character, work, and desires?
  • Have you tagged anyone in 2019?  Who are you thinking about tagging with the love of Christ?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for tagging me, for saving me from my sin and bringing me into Your family. Give me the urgency and the courage to tag others with Your love in this Christmas season. Give them the willingness to hear Your good news and receive it as a gift.

MUSICAL RESPONSE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am Charity Williams.  I am the second of three daughters, a senior in high school and will turn 18 in December.  I was born in Arizona, moved to Georgia when I was 4 years old, and then we moved to North Carolina when I was 15.  I enjoy running track and styling hair.   All of my family members are Christ-followers, and I grew up in the church.  I decided to follow Jesus and be baptized at 8 years old. Growing up in church has helped me keep a strong faith community and Christian outlook on life.

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