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Luke 2:6-7 (NIV) - While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

It seems antithetical to our view of God’s provision that there was no room at the inn, yet we don’t see the entire picture. God entered the world in one of the lowliest symbols to a farming culture, a feeding trough. In addition Galilee is regarded as the lowest elevation point on the Earth. God chose the lowest point on the earth; He came in the lowliest fashion in order to reach the poorest groups of people in Israel. From that point on, God exalted Jesus Christ so that He could relate to every socio-economic, educational, and political class in humanity. The hardship of the inn was God’s love displayed to all of mankind.

Mark 13:32-33 (NIV) - “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The Scripture is clear when it comes to predicting the end times—we don’t know when it will come. But we are not left there; we are to plan like Jesus is not coming in a thousand years, but we are to live like He is coming tomorrow! This is being on guard for the Lord’s coming.

Luke 2:8-11 (NIV) - And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

This famous passage of Scripture is the most beloved in our day recounting the birth of the Christ. Shepherds were regarded as one of the lowest castes of the culture in their day. They lived outside the cities and were not allowed to participate in many events. Yet to whom do the angels proclaim their good news? Who hears the greatest choir in the universe? The shepherds. The contrast is striking. The picture of the outcasts with the heavenly host gives us a glimpse into the heart of God. He takes the parts of our lives that we regard as unclean and proclaims good news. He opens our hearts to tell us what He is about to do in our generation. May we be in a position to hear the angels and join in the purposes of God for our time.

Luke 2:15 (NIV) - When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Instead of just sitting in wonder over angelic visitations that filled the skies with worship, the shepherds took action—they immediately went to find Jesus Christ. It is one thing to have a spiritual experience, but the goal of an experience is to take action. We often fall short of the shepherds, because we don’t see experiences for what they are—signs that point us to Jesus Christ, for when God gets our attention He expects us to do something about it.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

– Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

This prophecy was made over 700 years before the birth of Christ. As Isaiah was speaking to Judah of its failure and collapse, there was a plan set in place that would not only redeem Israel, but all of humanity. A son would be given who would be compassionate as a counselor, yet all-powerful as God. He would reveal the everlasting Father and bring peace between this infinite being and His finite creation. God embedded into a decaying nation the very promise of the Messiah, and fulfilled those promises in Jesus Christ. In the same way, when we fail God promises us hope in Jesus Christ. Jesus still reveals the Father to us in wonderful ways!

Luke 2:12-14 (NIV) - This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

What was the great sign the angels were singing of? A baby wrapped in cheap cloths and lying in a dirty manger. It seems so ordinary, yet God uses the ordinary in extraordinary ways. The birth of Jesus Christ shouts to us that the ordinary may not be so ordinary after all; that God has come to earth and has chosen to associate with all that we experience in order to bring us back to Himself. May the Christmas story open our eyes and cause us to look at the ordinary in new ways. Merry Christmas!

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

– Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today’s commentary by Caesar Kalinowski, SomaCommunities.org

It has been said that as we get older the years get shorter and the days get longer! Life can often feel like a race that we are running and can’t quite keep up. Placing our hope in the Lord and the new life that he offers us in Christ is compared here to soaring on wings like eagles–like flying. Imagine it, no longer are we destined to place our hope in ourselves, our jobs, the economy, our friends or a spouse. We now have a hope that cannot be shaken. When our hope is in the Lord our strength is renewed. Whatever you are facing today you have a choice. Where will you put your hope?

John 6:28-29 (NIV) - Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus responds to a cry for action with a statement of belief? The disciples want to do stuff and Jesus tells them to believe. We are so interested in trying to get God’s attention by our religious activity. But Jesus is telling his followers that if they believe in Him they already HAVE God’s attention! This takes away the frenzied efforts to please God. It brings us to the shepherd who leads us to the works that HE has for us. The works of God that come out of relationship will be far greater, fulfilling and fruitful than the flurry of activity that we create to in order to appease our lack of belief.

Psalm 103:17-19 (NIV) - But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Today’s commentary by Caesar Kalinowski, SomaCommunities.org

To fear the Lord is to have a proper understanding of who God is, his power and ultimately his great love for us. The Psalmist here connects this understanding, this fear, with obedience to God’s Word. We have God’s love (and so will our children’s children!) when we are obedient to what he asks of us and commands us. It is interesting that the passage says we must “remember to obey”. We are so prone to forget! We can be thankful that, for those that are in Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit in our life now gives us the remembrance and the power to obey God’s commands and live fully in his love.

Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

What a mystery this proverbs presents to us: as much as we plan, it is ultimately the Lord who determines our steps. But what a brilliant mystery! We are responsible to choose our course, and yet the Lord takes those choices and uses them for His glory. This should sober us in choosing wisely today, yet relieve us that God is ultimately in control. The Scripture presents a picture of our responsibility AND God’s sovereignty. This is a work of wonder, which fills the heart with awe.

Titus 2:11-13 (NIV) - For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Grace is not an excuse to lead an undisciplined life. Quite to the contrary, God’s grace is preparing us for that future moment when we will see Jesus Christ face to face. The reality of the Second Coming of Christ gives us the strength and focus to place godly boundaries in our lives. We are like a bride getting ready for the bridegroom, because Christ is coming back for His Church! Are you allowing grace to prepare you for that moment?

Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV) - Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Do you see your walk with God marked by confidence? If we look at our own efforts to connect with God, probably not. But we can have a different attitude if we understand that the way has already been opened for us. As a result, we’re not praying to get God’s attention; we pray because we already HAVE God’s attention. The only barrier now is our unbelief! Let God sprinkle your heart today with the mercy that He has already displayed in Jesus Christ. Let God fill you with confidence.


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