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Christmas Devotion  #9

This is the ninth Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season! 

Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself.  It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday! 

Dec. 9th - an angel - Luke 2:10-11

 "But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Although I have several angel ornaments on our Christmas tree, I didn't choose one of them for my countdown photo for today's Christmas devotion.  Nor did I choose one from our nativity set.

I chose to take a picture of Thomas Blackshear's "Watchers in the Night" that hangs in our bedroom.  I like how it portrays this messenger of God as mighty and strong.  I believe it better portrays how the Bible describes angels.

Here in Luke 2:10-11 an angel of the Lord delivers a powerful message to the shepherds - "Do not be afraid."

Fear strikes the hearts of men and women every day.  Fear is no respecter of persons.  It reaches out and causes us to either cower and retreat or to become paralyzed due to dread or awe.

The shepherds were probably struck by both - dread of the unknown of what was happening and the awe of these majestic mighty creatures surrounded by the glory of the LORD!

However, the fear itself is not the main point here.  The reason they did not need to fear is the focus.  The angel told them the "good news" - the Savior has come, the Messiah is born!

The fear of the unknown is contrasted with the joyful news being brought.  That little word "but" changes the whole focus.

How many glorious verses in the Bible begin with two precious words - "But God..."  No matter what happens today or tomorrow, no matter what the known or unknown of it may be...God is still in control! 

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  

-Romans 5:8

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

– Romans 6:23

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able . . ."

– 1 Corinthians 10:13

"When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead . . ."

– Acts 13:29-30

"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

– Matthew 19:26

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."

– Ephesians 2:4-7

God changes everything including fear to joy!

His perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

When we know Christ as our Savior, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."   

- Romans 8:37-39

So any time you see an angel during this Christmas season, let it remind you of the angel's message in this Christmas devotion - Do not be afraid...there is Good News! 

God's love has made a way to cast out fear - trust in Jesus.  No matter what happens, God is in control and He can cause all things to work for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose!  (Romans 8:28)

Christmas Devotion Activities

Object Lesson

Object Lesson - Use a backpack to share how God does not want us to carry around fear and anxiety; we can overcome these by changing our focus to rejoicing, prayer & giving thanks!


So many traditional Christmas carols speak of angels.  Sing or listen to a few of these:

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

"Angels We Have Heard on High"

"Angels from the Realms of Glory"

Snow Angels

If you have snow, enjoy making snow angels while remembering these truths from Scripture.

Angel Handprints Craft

Who doesn't love and cherish handprint art?!  This is an easy craft which can promote discussion about what the Bible says about angels and an easy homemade gift for grandparents or loved ones!

You can Google various options or use this one: Angel Handprint Craft.

Countdown Christmas devotion #10 - Candy

All 25 Christmas Devotions

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