A free daily devotional from Mountain View Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Daily Devotion: If Christ Had Not Come
Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7
Key Verse: Verse 6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Key Words: The Prince of Peace
“There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky! There’s a mother’s deep prayer, and a baby’s low cry! And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, for the manger in Bethlehem cradles a King!”
A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published with the title, “If Christ Had Not Come.” It was founded upon our Savior’s words, “If I had not come.” The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep during his story on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.
In his dream, he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden, and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Savior had disappeared.
A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hastened with the weeping child and as he reached the home, he sat down and said, “I have something here that will comfort you.” He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended at Malachi. There was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.
Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word of glorious resurrection, no open heaven, but only “dust to dust, ashes to ashes,” and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that “He had not come,” and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his sorrowful dream.
Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close by: “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels! O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
Let us be glad and rejoice today, because “He HAS come.” And let us remember the annunciation of the angel, “…for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)
What to do:
✞ Praise God! Christ did come!!
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