RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional 25 December 2023
TOPIC: Make Heaven Rejoice
READ: John 15:8
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional 25 December 2023 MESSAGE
Today is Christmas Day and I am sure many Christians around the world are celebrating and planning to eat some ‘Christmas chicken’. This is fine, but please don’t forget to give the Celebrant of the day His own ‘Christmas chicken’ too – something He can also celebrate. Our memory verse for today says there is rejoicing in heaven over every soul who comes to Christ. If you win a soul, then a feast will be declared in heaven because of you.
All Jesus wants is for His coming to the world (which we are celebrating today) not to be in vain. Tell someone about Christ during this season. When you post pictures on social media, add a message there that you know will hit unbelievers. When you give to the poor during this season, chip in a message about the gospel.
When you are sending celebratory messages out, put something about salvation in it. I will give you templates you can adopt or adapt here: For text messages to loved ones: Merry Christmas. Today, we celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ when He came to give us salvation. Very soon, He will be back again to take His children to heaven. If He comes tomorrow, will you be raptured with Him or left behind? For social media: Today is a beautiful day because we are celebrating the birth of the Saviour of the world.
I am assured of spending eternity in heaven because I gave my life to Him and I live holy. Where will you be spending eternity when rapture takes place? Confess Him as your Lord and Saviour today. For everyone that will send these messages or a variation of them, you will make heaven rejoice today.
I don’t think there is a better way to celebrate Christmas than to please the One we are celebrating, and believe me honestly, Jesus will smile at you today for doing this. As for me, Christmas and Easter are major periods for evangelism. I am always out giving heaven reasons to rejoice on these days and in return, Jesus has been giving me reasons to rejoice also. Don’t you want the same? Merry Christmas.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Revelation 1-3
HYMN 14 O What A Wonderful Wonderful Day
1 O what a wonderful day that will be
When Jesus descends to the air;
Saints who have died, with the living shall be
All gathered to be with Him there.
Soon shall we see Him, the Saviour we love,
When He descends from the mansions above;
And with the King in His glory we’ll reign,
For He is coming, year, coming again.
2 They shall be changed and be like Him for aye,
When He returns for His own;
O what a glorious meeting that day,
With Jesus and those we have known! [Refrain]
3 Death will be ended and sorrow shall flee,
The darkness of sin will be past;
All the redeemed their Redeemer shall see,
And enter His glory at last. [Refrain]