“Let us go . . . and see this thing that has happened,” the shepherds
said. For the last 25 days, we’ve opened up God’s Word to see all
the things that happened leading up to that first Christmas Day.
We’ve seen the miracles God has worked for His people, the battles
He has won for them, the messes that His people made that God
turned around to use for good, and the promises that He’s kept. All
of the stories pointed to this moment in history, that the world might
SEE this newborn King – Jesus!
God’s Word has been to us what the angels were to the shepherds
on that night in Bethlehem. The stories have told us good news
of great joy that is for all people – of a God who parts the sea, who
defeats giants, who restores broken families, who walks with people
through the fire, and who rescues the weak and vulnerable. The word
“angel” just means “messenger,” and the Bible has been our angel,
our messenger, through these 25 days of Advent.
The question for us on this Christmas Day is this: will we be like the
shepherds? Yes, the shepherds listened intently to the message
of the angels, and yes, they went to see Jesus wrapped in swaddling
clothes in that manger. But the Bible tells us that the shepherds
became “angels” or “messengers” themselves when they returned
from the stable “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard
and seen.” Perhaps they asked the people on the streets in Bethlehem,
“Do you see what I see? . . . A child, sleeping in the night, who will
bring us goodness and light!”
On this Christmas Day, there are still many who do not see what you
see. They think Christmas is about toys and reindeer and Santa, and
they need to hear the good news of great joy of a God who sent His
only Son from Heaven to this earth to save them! Spread the good
news! “I spy a King! Do you see what I see?”
1. Who does your family know who
doesn’t know the good news
about Jesus? Stop right now
and pray for them.
2. When was the last time your
family invited someone
to church so that they could
come and see and hear the
good news about Jesus? Who
could you be a “messenger”
to this new year?
3. These last 25 days, we read a
lot of stories about things God
did in the Bible. God is still
doing great things today! What
stories does your family know
of amazing things God has
done recently in the lives of
neighbors, friends, or family?
Merry Christmas! For the final
ornament, draw a gift to remind
you that the best gift God has
ever given you is His Son, Jesus.
Pray that God would help you
see the story of His big rescue
plan not only in His Word but
also how He’s continuing it today.
Parents, pray especially for
your kids to see and believe
how deeply they are loved and
cherished by their perfect