December 25, 2015 – Friday
Matthew 2:19-20 (MSG) Later, when Herod died, God’s angel appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt: “Up, take the child and his mother and return to Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead.”
I could have been like others – the dead ones – those who want to murder Jesus. You know they’re out there – still searching for the Child to murder. People who think, say, and do harm to His name and to His flock. Angry people. Vengeful people. Sad people. People believing they have nothing to lose in the death of this Child, and nothing to gain from His grace. They don’t know it, but they are already dead.
But, like you, here I sit blessed not to be a part of the dead. You see, I know this Child. I was once dead, but He saved me. And now, I love this Child — His love, mercy, joy, salvation, peace, and, yes, redemption that only comes through Him.
Who would murder this Child? Not me. Not you.
Today — the day of His birth –tell others about this Child so they may be saved from death. Tell them so their hearts may open to His mercy and His protection. Tell others about how this Child lives in your life.
So let no one die today because they want this Child dead. Let all know there is nothing to fear from Him. Let all feel and see and touch the joy this Child brings into the world and into each heart. Let them know salvation awaits within this Child.
Yes, let no one die today. A Child is born, and this Child lives for you!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for showing me Your son, this Child. Let me show this Child to others today – telling how His birth blesses me in so many ways — so that they may have life in Him and not death away from Him. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA