Our morning devotional for December is planned around the idea that Christmas makes no sense without an understanding of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. The birth of a baby is a wonderful gift but Jesus was not just a special baby. He was the Son of God who came to work miracles, Atone for our sins, die on the cross, and rise again breaking the bands of death. His life was so much more than a miraculous birth heralded by angels.
We can be forgiven because He loved us enough to pay the price of for our sins. We all sin. The punishment for sin is death, separation from God. Misery, captivity, and hopelessness. Jesus came to set the captive sinner free. What a precious gift!
We will one day live again, eternal spirits housed in perfected bodies because of Jesus. As the mother to a physically handicapped child that truth has rooted deep in my soul. I rejoice at Christmas because it is the beginning of hope. The start of a celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This priceless gift begins with the birth of the Christ child.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland says it so well, “I testify of the holy Resurrection, that unspeakable cornerstone gift in the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ! With the Apostle Paul, I testify that that which was sown in corruption will one day be raised in incorruption and that which was sown in weakness will ultimately be raised in power. I bear witness of that day when loved ones whom we knew to have disabilities in mortality will stand before us glorified and grand, breathtakingly perfect in body and mind. What a thrilling moment that will be! I do not know whether we will be happier for ourselves that we have witnessed such a miracle or happier for them that they are fully perfect and finally “free at last.”” 1
It is from this perspective that we planned our December devotionals. We will spend December studying the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a family. Our children are familiar with the stories, having heard them many times. For this month we will watch The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos free online. Each day we will choose a few to view and discuss. We will ask questions, read scriptures, sing hymns, and keep before our eyes the life, not just the birth, of the Christ child.
What will you be doing this Christmas season to draw closer to Christ as a family? How will you celebrate the gifts that began with the birth of one precious, only begotten Son of God?