I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already talking Christmas. However, I want to share a wonderful new Christmas Advent resource with you. The following devotional is an excerpt from “Good Tidings of Great Joy.” All the proceeds from this Advent devotional book benefit the Light of Hope Learning Center in Chittangong, Bangladesh. LOHLC ministers to young girls from the slums who need help in this life and hope for eternity.
I make cinnamon roles for breakfast on Christmas morning every year. I began this tradition when my kids were young. Since I make them from scratch, it requires a lot of time, effort, and planning. In order to have hot rolls on Christmas morning, I have to begin the day before Christmas and coordinate the rising times and assembly around our Christmas Eve schedule.
There’s nothing haphazard about the Christmas cinnamon rolls. This fact makes them special, but it’s also the reason I only make them one time a year! My “kids,” now young adults, appreciate and receive the cinnamon rolls for what they are – a gift of love from their mother.
Jesus is our heavenly Father’s gift of love to us. Nothing about Jesus’ birth was accidental or incidental. God meticulously planned Jesus’ arrival even before He created the earth. God knew the when, where, how, and why of every aspect of our Savior’s incarnation.
Consider Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth, not the birthplace of King David. But a decree from Caesar required them to travel to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Mary and Joseph had probably arranged everything for Jesus’ birth in Nazareth. Joseph may have even used his carpenter skills to craft a beautiful cradle. But when Jesus was born, the cradle sat empty and Mary laid her newborn son in a feeding trough for animals.
Sad turn of events or God’s sovereign plan? About 700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Micah foretold the birthplace of the Savior. No accidents. No missed details. The Creator is sovereign over all things. Our eternal King would be born in Bethlehem. The everlasting heir to the throne of David would appear in David’s hometown. The Bread of Life (John 6:35) would enter the physical realm in the House of Bread.
The devotion above, written by Kathy, is one of 25 in “Good Tidings of Great Joy.” The devotions are written by members of the “BFF Ministries” team. BFF Ministries is a group of women in the US who work to raise awareness and support for the Light of Hope Learning Center in Bangladesh (Read more about the ministry here). You can purchase the devotional book here for just $5. Your money will go straight to the center and the girls. (For more information about BFF Ministries and the LOHLC)