Devotional: From The Cradle To The Cross


Matthew 1: 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her Firstborn Son: and he called His name JESUS.


Below is a link to the testimony of David Ring who was born with CP.

Rather than spending his life consumed with self-pity, he used his disability to bring glory to God.

*****This is over an hour, I believe, so make sure you have time to watch or you can listen while you do other things.


Sitting around the table at Thanksgiving, did you think to yourself, “Why”?

Why does God allow people to suffer? Why do His people struggle?

Let’s turn that page and look from another perspective: Why are we surrounded by those we love? Who determines we are worthy of a beautiful family and sweet friends? Do we ponder and appreciate such wonders or take them for granted? Do we feel entitled or deserving?

Flipping through this mental pamphlet of inquisitiveness, we find ourselves next at the question, “Why DID the Father allow His Son to come among us, live misunderstood by most, endure betrayal then such a brutal death?”

I know I mention this quite frequently, about the Lord leaving Paradise, not only to dwell among sinful humans, but to minister and ultimately die for our sake.

His love for us just infatuates me, how about you?

Do you think Christ felt rejected? Misunderstood? Betrayed? Jesus IS the Ultimate Subject Matter Expert, just read His Word! His love is displayed from promises to precautionary!

Our Father God has given us everything necessary to enjoy, yes ENJOY, a relationship with Him! For goodness sake, do not know why He seeks to engage in a relationship with man, but He does!

Life on this earth was not smooth sailing by any means for Christ, and look Who His Father IS! We didn’t see Jesus (being of TRUE ROYAL LINEAGE), act like the spoiled rich children who call on their deep-pocketed pappas to get out of a jam! At the pinnacle of His pain, Jesus’ Father could not even look upon His Son! What unspeakable agony!

I never read one incident where ANYONE came forward as He was being accused to say, “He healed me” or “I am here to testify that He cast demons out of my loved one” or “I was witness to someone returning from death to life upon His command”. ..NOTHING.. NO ONE…

Talk about a reason to feel sorry for yourself! He lived for the purpose of dying! He didn’t back out of the plan because His feelings were hurt! Then INTERCEDING from the cross, for the very ones who were putting Him to death!

Our Precious Savior did not go willingly to His death because we DESERVED to be saved!

Why do bad things happen to God’s people? Why do GOOD things happen to God’s people?

The Lord is sovereign!

This sounds a bit more like Easter than Christmas, but Christmas is the reason there is an Easter!

From the manger to an empty tomb, isn’t our Savior REMARKABLE! Oh how I love Jesus, because HE FIRST LOVED ME~


Most Gracious and Loving Father

How we thank You for Your provision

You have blessed us far more than we could ever deserve

You saved us

Which is something we could have never earned

The cost of our sins was the death of Your beautiful Son

He suffered so deeply so we could come to You

Talk with You

And live with You in eternity

A love we can never comprehend

Thank You again for what we have been given

Thank You for being our Almighty Father, the Glorious Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Uniquely separate, yet One

Please forgive us for things we do not recognize as gifts

Open our minds and hearts to see more clearly

The blessings around us

Both tangible and intangible


To You be all honor and glory and praise


Through the blood of the Lamb



Songs “Joy to the World” “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” Handel “Hallelujah”-Handel “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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