“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 KJV
How often have you truly thought about the Christmas story?
I mean, really: Once upon a time, a woman gave birth to a son in a stable. The son would go on to heal the sick, turn water into wine, bring the dead back to life, and pay the price for all of the world’s sins so that we could have eternal life. Eventually he died, came back to life and then rose into heaven, fulfilling dozens of prophecies made 300 years before his birth. The end. They all lived happily ever after.
Wait. What?! This isn’t a Disney fantasy. This verse came True with a capital T when the king of the world was born in a stable one dark, silent night. When we celebrate Christmas, we aren’t celebrating Santa Claus and pine trees and hot cocoa and family. We’re celebrating our Lord, thanking him for coming to Earth, and honoring the miraculous events leading up to and directly following his birth.
As we set out nativities, attend church and read the Christmas story for the umpteenth time, let’s not forget the savior that these season is truly all about.
This is Christmas.
But God commended his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
Hello reader! Time for the next Romans Road.
Today’s verse goes hand in hand with last week’s verse. About the only difference is that it gives us God’s motive for saving us. As you are reading this, you might be thinking “I KNEW it! There’s a catch. God has a motive.” and you would be right. God has a really really big motive for saving us. God doesn’t do anything without a purpose, and salvation is no different. Ready? Here is His motive: God LOVES you! Yep. The creator of the whole universe loves you more than your parents do, and you might even have the most loving parents in the world. All God wants is to love you, and for you to love him back.
Think about it.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23 KJV
Welcome back! As promised, today I will be sharing the cure for death. HEY! I see you looking at me like I’m crazy. I know, I know, we all die some time, but before you click the back button, just finish reading this post and you will see that I am not so crazy after all.
We already covered that the punishment for sin is death, but this verse adds a little bit more to it. We now know that God has a gift for a us. A gift of eternal life. While our bodies will still die, our spirits will live on forever with God. Want to know how to except this free gift? Wait until my next Romans Road devotion, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. - 1 Corinthians 12:25 KJV
In this verse, Paul is instructing followers of Christ to not let “schisms” (a fancy word meaning a split or separation because of opposing beliefs) come between them.
Today, we live in a world divided on so many topics. However, as Christians, we need to be known for our love - not our hate and division. Whoever our parents vote for, whatever we believe, whatever we look like - if we are in Christ, these differences don’t matter and shouldn’t separate us. We should love and care for one another irregardless (yep, it’s a word) of the things that separate us, because we have one overarching thing in common: we are all made and loved by God.
Be caring to everyone around you, even in this crazy election season!
Yay! We are already on our 3rd Romans Road post and we have already covered some ground (you can check out the first Romans Road post here and the second one here). Today’s verse is a bit of a downer, but just hang on because I guarantee that by the end of this series our verses will be uplifting and great!
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: - Romans 5:12 KJV
Yep, a little gloomy but so true. Our Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great- (add 50 more Greats) Grandfather was named Adam. Adam lived in a garden with his wife Eve and everything was perfect. The only rule was that they couldn’t eat the fruit of one tree. ONE tree. They could eat anything else that they wanted too, but that didn’t satisfy them. They wanted the fruit from that tree, so they ate it. And let me tell you, God was NOT happy. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden and the world has had a sin problem ever since. What is the punishment for sin? Death. Fortunately there is a cure for death. Come back the next few weeks and I will tell you what the cure is.
Welcome to the 2nd Romans Road post! I am sorry it took me a while to write the 2nd post (I may or may not have forgotten about this series). Today’s verse is a really good one, and I hope you find it helpful. Here you go!
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." - Romans 3:10 KJV
The Bible says that no one is righteous. That means that no one is perfectly good, or even good at all! Our best works are like dirty rags in God’s sight, and that is why we need forgiveness from our sins, and why Christ died on the cross!
See ya later for week 3!
PS. Check out the first Roman's Road post here.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” - Romans 12:10 KJV
“In honor preferring one another.” “Love others above yourself.” “Treat others how you want to be treated.” God is the God of love. He shows us an abundance of love, and asks us to love others in return. This concept of revolutionary love, serving others before yourself, seems so easy, until we try to put it into practice. When I think back over my week, I notice a lot of times when I was concerned with my needs, my wants, and my to-do lists over whatever my family and friends needed. Can you relate?
This isn’t the heart that Jesus had, and it’s not the heart that God wants for us. Today, will you join me in praying that we will be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, that in honor we will prefer one another, and that God will help us put aside our selfishness and serve others the way Jesus served us?
If you want to start serving others this way, then check out these posts on ways to serve your family, your friends, at church, and in your community.
"And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." - Exodus 32:3-4
Welcome to today’s devotion! Unfortunately it opens with a really bad day for Israel. Moses is away getting commands from God, and the people get a little impatient and crazy. Thinking that Moses is dead, they grab all their gold earrings and take them to Aaron. Then, Aaron starts to turn them into a golden calf. After the calf is finished the people claim that the golden calf is God! Long story short, God gets really unhappy and they have to make some golden calf powder and drink it.
But how does this apply to us? It actually does in 2 really big ways.
1. While most of us don’t worship actual idols, things can become our idols really easily. Anything that we put in higher priority than God becomes an idol. Sports, money, trends, or really anything can become and idol.
2. The worst thing that the Israelites did in this passage, was say that the calf was God. It wasn’t just a god to them. They thought it was the real God. They wanted to worship God through an idol which is not how God wants to be worshipped. Do we worship God how he wants to be worshipped, or how He wants to be worshipped? Do we give him our best when we worship him? Or do we just shrug and think “At least I’m worshipping. I’m putting in my time.”? It can be so easy to worship how we want to, or just worship to make ourselves feel good. But we really need to think about what God wants. It will please him a lot more.
I hope this verse is inspiring to you. Keep God at the head of your life and he will bless you.