Christmas Company: Reminder God Visited Us
This Advent blog post is one of a series of devotions from the Teaching through the Trimmings devotional. The devotions use the sights of Christmas to remind us of Jesus Christ. To download the complete devotional, please click here
Christmas gives a chance for relatives and friends to visit. We enjoy talking, celebrating, singing carols, eating good food, and playing games together. Starting at Thanksgiving and lasting through New Year’s Day, people travel ‘over the river and through the woods’ to visit their loved ones.
Do you know who started visiting at Christmas? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, made the first Christmas visit. An angel told Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth was going to have a son named John. John the Baptist would prepare for Jesus’ coming. When John was born, Zechariah praised God saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people . . . because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high” (Luke 1:68, 78).
God visiting us includes more than God spending time with us and talking to us. God visited us because He was concerned about us, wanted to be with us and care for us. Christmas reminds us of God’s mercy in caring for us by redeeming us from our sin. Jesus redeems us by dying on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin.
God desires that we visit those in need to show them concern and care. James 1:27 states “religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Christmas provides opportunities to spend good times with family and friends. But our visiting should also include showing active concern and caring for those in need. Discuss as a family how you might be able to establish a relationship with someone in need to care for them, show them Jesus’ love, and share the Good News with them. This will require thought, prayer, time, and energy but we will please the Lord. We should also plan any visits with caution during the coronavirus pandemic.
Remember: As you visit during Christmas, remember the Lord mercifully visited us to redeem us from or sin.
Pray: Thank you Lord for being concerned for us and caring for us by sending Jesus. Help us to visit someone who we can show concern and care for. Help us to show them your love and point them to Jesus. Amen.