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Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 3 Psalm 50:1-11

Tuesday, December 4

Psalm 50:1-11

1 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.

Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
    before him is a devouring fire,
    around him a mighty tempest.
He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for God himself is judge! Selah

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
    O Israel, I will testify against you.
    I am God, your God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
    or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
    the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
    and all that moves in the field is mine.

We imagine Christmas as this beautiful time of year with decorations, presents, and celebrations. We focus on the cute baby Jesus in the manger with all the animals around them. We often forget one important part of Christmas, the second coming of Jesus. Advent and Christmas are just as much about waiting for His second coming as they are about His arrival in Bethlehem.

Verses 3-6 above describe what awaits. Jesus will arrive and cast His judgement on every being in this world. His judgement and wrath will be like a tempest. The devouring fire of Hell will be waiting for those that pushed Him aside. His righteousness will be satisfied one way or another.

All of that sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it? However, we should rejoice because our lives have been saved. The ultimate sacrifice has taken our place in Jesus Christ upon the Cross. We should be celebrating because Jesus coming again is the final nail in the Devil’s coffin and shows God’s complete Victory. We are spared from this mighty tempest of wrath and saved as His own. Count it as joy my brothers and sisters: The Lamb has won!

God, help us refocus and remember what advent is about. Help us remember the significance of your first coming and why we should await your second. Help us take joy in your victory. Amen