Morning Devotion: Read Luke 1 – Christmas story

Luke 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

God has always sent forth warning and way to the people of the earth. He used His prophets, Apostles and preacher for that task.

In most cases they were rejected and killed for bringing the truth of God’s word.

Matthew 23:34  ¶Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Jesus was rebuking the religious people of His day, for they could not see the truth of God’s word; he describes the worth of John the Baptist. He also describes the wrath or violence of man.

Matthew 11:9  But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10  For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

John was one of those wonderful prophets. At a time when Israel needed a promise, when they struggled with sin and idolatry and leaving the God of heaven, God sent then a prophet the give them His word. He gave words of truth and promise.

Malachi 2:17  Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Malachi 3:1   Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

2  But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

Isaiah 40:1  ¶Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2  Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.

The Lord’s hand was at work in Israel because of her sins. In the midst of her trouble, God sent a promise of a prophet to proclaim Jesus.

Isaiah 40:3  ¶The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

6  The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

God’s hand is at work today. What is happening today is in the word of God. Today we have a multitude of prophets in the word of God. Do you know what it says? Do you know of the times we are living in today? Do you know the will of God what He is doing? Are you on the sin side or the saved side of this equation?

When Jesus returns, He will make everything right, all flesh shall see it when Jesus returns.

John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus proclaiming His salvation.

Are you saved?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook