This verse talks about a woman named Anna who served in the temple. When she heard that Jesus (the Messiah) was born, she started giving thanks and telling people about Jesus. She is a good example for us all year round, but we tend to only talk about her with the Christmas story. I hope to think about her example in the coming year.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Anna. Please help me to give thanks and tell others of the redemption that came with Jesus.
The story of Christmas is one that brings great joy. I fear that we are more stuck on short term happiness than long term joy. The truth of Christmas starts with the fact that we are sinners and need a Savior. Jesus came to be born as a baby and then grew to be a man who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. I believe most of my readers know this and have placed their trust in Jesus to save them from their sins. This should bring us joy. However, the sin nature is still active and brings struggle.
Despite the difficulties of life, the Christmas story should bring us back to joy. Joy for the ultimate gift that Jesus’ birth brought.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus. Thank You that we can have joy through trusting Your Son. Please help us to put our own selfishness aside and bring us back to the joy that You provide.
Shepherds were not considered the elite of society. However, God chose to share the good news of Jesus’ birth with them. Luke 2:20 tells us of the shepherds rejoicing and giving glory to God. They are a good example for us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus’ to a humble birth. Thank You for the example of the shepherds giving You glory. You deserve all the honor and glory.
The Bible gives many verses of praise to God. I appreciate the ones in the Christmas story. When Jesus was born as a human baby, there was much joy. In Luke 2:14, we hear what the angels said in praise to God.
The Bible tells us that if we do not praise God, even the “stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). However, in this case God sent angels. I want to include my voice with the angels.
Glory to God!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of the angels praising You. I want to praise and thank You for Who You are and all You have done. Glory!
Last week, I mentioned the prophecy about Jesus Christ in Isaiah – He is Immanuel – God with us. I think we get stuck on warm fuzzy thinking of God being with us. The reason Jesus came was to save people from sins. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about sin. I think we struggle admitting the ugliness of sin in our lives. Maybe that is why we have so much grumpiness during this Christmas season.
I wonder if the remedy for negativity is admitting our sin and asking Jesus to forgive us. We might have more joy to share with others. I think it is worth a try.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus came to save us from our sins. Please help us to admit our sin and ask forgiveness. Thank You for the joy of being forgiven.
After the trouble we have seen the last couple of years, we might think we need to be saved from the troubles of life. The Israelites in Jesus’ day wanted a Savior. They had been told the Messiah was coming. The Bible records the prophecy such as Isaiah 7:14. What was missed at that time (and is now) is the fact that Jesus came to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). He did not come to save us from troubling circumstances. He came to save us from the wrong in us. I believe if more of us were aware of that need, we would have fewer troubling situations. However, too many reject Jesus Christ completely. Some of us after placing our trust in Jesus don’t live as though we know Him. I pray this Christmas season we learn more about Jesus and seek to show we know Him. This is the only salvation we need.
Dear Heavenly Father, we groan with the trials we have faced. Thank You for sending Jesus to save us from the burden and penalty of sin. Please help us to seek You more each day.
I don’t know about you, but I have noticed more grumpiness this year than other Decembers. The last two years have been tough for sure. We can get busy and focused on our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s plans. I think we forget the real reason for Christmas – no wonder we have so much grumpiness. However, God is still good. Very good. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born as a baby. Jesus came to save us from our sins. What can bring more joy than knowing that?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save us. Thank You for the joy You give. Please help us to share this joy with others,
I fear the concept of truth has been taking hits for many years. We confuse opinion with truth. We have to form opinions – it is in our nature, but I think we need to be careful about the basis for our opinions.
One thing I know for sure is that Jesus, Who is God, came to earth to be born as a baby. He grew up to die to save us from our sins. Many in the world today do not know the truth of Jesus. This has caused us to be at war with each other. If we were to focus on and cling to Jesus Christ, we could stop the warring. Jesus is the only way to peace.
I enjoy Christmas songs that remind us of this truth. One is the song “Glorious Light” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Ian Hannah.
Glorious light! see the dawn of Salvation: Angels in white fill the skies with their wondrous song; Awakening earth with news of His birth; Join the hymn of the highest heavens!
Long has the world fought the song of the angels. Heavenly music is drowned by a warring world; Yet hope burns a light, that shatters the night; Turn your heart to the call of glory!
Glory to God in the highest! Peace to men on earth. Come and adore Him with wonder – Christ Lord of Heaven and earth.
Keith & Kristyn Getty and Ian Hannah
As I have said before, I pray you know Jesus. He is the only way to have peace and joy.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus. Thank You for the beautiful music many have written about Your Son. Please open eyes to the truth of Who Jesus truly is. Please help me to be an instrument of that truth.
Humility is a concept that is often considered distasteful in our society today. I think we decide as long as we don’t have extreme arrogance, we aren’t so bad. However, as a child of God, my example of Jesus Christ shows a much deeper kind of humility. Although He is God, He chose to be born as a baby. Then He grew up to be a servant – willing to die. This isn’t the glorious story we tend to like. Humility is grueling work. I believe this hard work is worth it. Jesus is worthy of my allegiance. Humility is following His example.
This Christmas, I hope you will look at the example of Jesus Christ. His way is the only way to find peace and joy during tough times and good ones.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the truth of Jesus coming to be born as a baby. Thank You for His example of humility. Please help me to learn humility and live that example to all who see my life. May they see You in my life.