Christ—Our Very Life

December 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Christmas celebrates the incomprehensible miracle of God’s eternal Son coming as a human baby to live among mankind. But as profound a mystery as the incarnation is, you and I know it was just the beginning. By tracing the Lord’s life in the Scriptures, we see He came to show us the Father (John 14:8-9)—never before had the world seen a man who was the exact representation of God. Jesus’ purpose was also to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He died on the cross, paying sin’s penalty for all who would trust in Him. Then, raised on the third day, He overcame death.

Never before had the world seen a man who was the exact representation of God.

Many people assume the resurrection completed what Jesus came to do, but even that all-surpassing miracle wasn’t the final word in His remarkable story. The abundant life Christ came to impart certainly includes eternity with Him in heaven, but it’s also available to us right now, as the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer.

The life Jesus wants to live through us looks like the one He modeled for us: a surrendered life, driven by the Father’s agenda and empowered by His Spirit. What about you—are your words and actions increasingly motivated by God’s desires rather than your own? And how often do submission and obedience overshadow your willpower and self-effort?

All month we anticipate celebrating Christ’s birth. And I pray these devotions will encourage you to live your life as if it’s a time of preparation to receive Him when He returns.

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8 Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."

9 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'?

10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

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