Friday, December 8th
Devotional written by Pastor Shawn Thornton, Senior Pastor
THE BIRTH – PROMISE FULFILLED
The long-awaited moment had finally arrived. In the stillness of a Bethlehem night, under a canopy of stars, Mary’s journey of waiting reached its divine culmination: Jesus was born. The promise, carried for nine months, was now a reality, cradled in her arms. This birth was not just the fulfillment of Mary’s personal journey, but the fulfillment of a promise made to all humanity – made to you and me.
As shepherds in the nearby fields received the news from a host of angels, the echo of that heavenly announcement resonated with Mary’s heart since the angel Gabriel visited her. “A Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” This announcement confirmed what Mary already knew, yet it also served as a revelation to the world.
This moment of fulfillment is a profound reflection of God’s faithfulness. Mary’s waiting, filled with anticipation and uncertainty, was not in vain. The birth of Jesus is a testament to the truth that God always fulfills His promises. The nation of Israel had waited for centuries for the Messiah to arrive. Mary had waited months. It may take time, and the waiting can be challenging, but the completion of God’s promises is always worth the wait.
Mary’s experience invites us to recognize and celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promises in our own lives. Like the shepherds who were called to witness and rejoice over Jesus’ birth, we, too, are invited to celebrate the moments when God’s promises come to fruition in our lives. These moments are not just personal victories; they are opportunities for relational joy and heavenly celebration.
As we reflect on the birth of Jesus, let us be encouraged by Mary’s journey of faithful waiting. Let it remind us that our periods of anticipation and patience are not without purpose. God’s timing is perfect, and His promises are always fulfilled. In this truth, we find endless reasons to celebrate, just as the heavens rejoiced over the birth of Jesus.
Reflection: God always fulfills His promises. The waiting may be hard, but it’s worth it. When God’s promises come to fruition, it’s a reason for celebration, just as the heavens celebrated the birth of Jesus.