January 28, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Genesis 21:2-8. “And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me." And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
The birth of a firstborn son was a big deal in the ancient world. It was to this child that belonged certain special rights such as a double portion of the inheritance. He would inherit his father's role as head of the family at his father's passing. But to no firstborn son has there ever been given greater privilege and significance than to God's own Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for he is the image of God. In Jesus, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace between God and us by his death on the cross.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus. In him and through him, we can see you and your will for us. Turn us back to him when we begin to trust the things of this world for our salvation. Fix our eyes on him, the first, the last, the beginning, and the end. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen