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This 18th Christmas devotion of these 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!
Each Christmas one of our family's traditions is to hang a nail close to the center of our Christmas tree. It's not a small nail, but about an eight inch carpenter's nail. It is to remind us that Christmas goes beyond the birth of Jesus and all the way to His sacrifice on the Cross.
In the verse above, the font doesn't show it, but the "M" in Man is actually capitalized showing this wasn't just any man...He was God! And yet for nails to be able to pierce His hands and feet, He was indeed God in flesh.
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Many that looked on that day surely thought those nails were destroying all Jesus came to do on this earth as they caused His lifeblood to flow down that cross to where they stood. And yet, as in the verse above, this had all been "by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God." This did NOT take God by surprise!
Just as nails were made by man to build and create, so God used these nails not to destroy, but to build His Kingdom.
"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For 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. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:15-17
In Him (Jesus) all thing hold together. Because of the nails...His sacrifice on the Cross...His body, the Church, is held together!
Louie Giglio does a wonderful job of how God in His infinite wisdom and forethought has even "built" this truth into our own flesh - our body - our very DNA. The video below is about 6 minutes and so worth the time to watch it! Be amazed by God!
If God can hold the universe together and all that is within it, God can certainly hold our lives together. We can count on Him; He is faithful and trustworthy!
If this has been a difficult year for you and you feel as though your life is falling apart, turn to Jesus and find hope! The difficulties in life may hurt and seem like nails destroying...but in God's hands, they can be used to build for GOOD!
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
So when you see a nail or something held together by nails, let it remind you of the wonderful Truth of this little Christmas devotion - in God's hands, nails are used to build for our good! He can rebuild our lives from even the remnants left by sin's destruction. We can trust Jesus; He gave His life so that in Him we may have life - eternal & abundant!
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
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