December 17, 2023

Christ the Lord

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”—Luke 2:11

William A. Ogden had a unique perspective on the Christmas story, shaped in part by his experiences in the American Civil War. He served in that war, organizing a choir and writing music. He taught at many schools after the war but became better known as a composer.

In his compositions, we can feel the impact the Civil War must have had on his mind and heart. One of his most impactful compositions was called “Birth of Christ the Lord.” What was particularly significant to him was that Jesus was a king but was born “not in a palace but in a manger … where the beasts of the stall are fed.”

Ogden particularly was overwhelmed with the message sung by the angels. He could imagine the hills around Bethlehem ringing with music, “tidings of joy to men they bring.”

As the worshipers approached baby Jesus, they could witness how He was fulfilling prophecy. He was the Christ, “wrapped in the swaddling garments.” Ogden reminds us that He was “born to redeem” and save.

The angels focused on giving glory to God. They also signaled His desire that all people could experience peace and goodwill and a time when wars no longer would be necessary. Jesus had come to fulfill prophecy as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

This Christmas, remember to focus on God. Praise Him. Thank Him. Remember that Jesus came to bring peace on earth.

Reflection Question: How can you share the peace of Christ during this busy season?

Prayer
Father, I bring You honor and glory. I pray that You would bring peace on earth. I seek Your peace in my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2

Prayer
Father, I bring You honor and glory. I pray that You would bring peace on earth. I seek Your peace in my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2