Read Luke 2:1-20
- Jesus’ death on the cross spans many chapters in the New Testament, yet His birth is captured in half a dozen words with no real description of the time, the setting, the number of people on hand, or any details other than the location of Bethlehem. Why might that be? Now imagine you are sitting across from someone who has no knowledge of Jesus. How would you tell this person the story of Christmas? Which element of the Lord’s birth impacts you the most and why?
- God could have come to earth in any form He wished. Why do you think he chose to come as a weak, vulnerable infant, entirely dependent on others? In Mark 10:14, Jesus tells the disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” What are the admirable qualities that children have? In what ways could you become more childlike in your faith?
- Ever since that first Christmas night, when thousands of angels sang praises to God, music has been an integral part of the season. Choose a favorite Christmas carol, and write out the first verse. Do the lyrics accurately portray what you’ve read in Scripture? How do centuries of customs and traditions from around the world enhance our appreciation of the holy season? And how do they distract us from the true story of the Messiah come to earth? What plans are you making to put Christ at the center of your Christmas this year?