PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Dec
24

Celebrating Jesus

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
Observation
The crucifixion - the scene and situation where it seems that Jesus, His message, disciples, purpose is doomed. The doubts, fears and insecurities of man must have shot through the ceiling of their hearts. Was this an epic failed 3 short years of ministry on Jesus’ part? Was this the “finished” end for all of Jesus’ disciples or the “finished” end for the works of sin and the devil to redeem mankind to God?

Living on the AD timeline side of the crucifixion, with the work of the Holy Spirit revealing Jesus to me, means a confident, secured victorious life. I am restored in pure relationship to the Godhead 3in 1!
Application
It’s Christmas eve morning and I am overwhelmingly grateful for my relationship with God my Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit! Beckie & I have been led to take communion, in honor of Jesus, celebrating His birth, life, death and resurrection! We don’t commemorate the birth of a dead Savior. We celebrate the birth of a risen Son of God! He is God and He is alive!

To live differently today would include living in worship of Jesus, celebrating the Christmas Savior who is alive in my heart! I don’t ever want to be stuck celebrating a story, but always mindful of celebrating my Savior and Risen King! I want to smile more, say thank you more, be prayerful more, live as if I really know Jesus - as if the Son of God really lives in me!!
Prayer
Dear Father - Thank you for sending your only begotten Son to live towards giving His life to restore me, my family, the world to You.
Dear Jesus - Thank you for being obedient to everything about Your Father’s heart, desire and mission - for Your life and for mine, my families and the world!
Dear Spirit - Thank you for living in me, revealing the Father and Jesus to me, being everything about who You all are as ONE GOD!

Devotions for December 24

John 19,20,21

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