Family christmas devotional guide


As we anticipate Christmas together, we pray that God would allow you and your family to see the stories of His faithfulness! Use these daily devotionals to grow your family’s faith in the God whose faithfulness continues in our lives today and fix your eyes on Jesus.

  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13


    DEVOTION

    God’s people, the Israelites, saw that all of the other nations around them had kings, and they wanted one too. Many times, what we think we want doesn’t turn out to be good for us. So it was with the Israelites. Saul seemed like a good king at first, but soon he became proud, selfish, and wouldn’t listen to God. God determined it was time to select a new king for His people. God sent His prophet Samuel to Bethlehem to meet with a man named Jesse. (Do you see what I see? Jesse is Boaz and Ruth’s grandson from yesterday.) God promised to tell Samuel which of Jesse’s eight sons would be the future king of Israel. Samuel, much like us, looked at the outer appearance of each of Jesse’s sons and thought the biggest and the strongest would be the new king. However, God doesn’t see things the same way we do. God told Samuel that He doesn’t value the outside of the person, but He looks at the inside – the heart. God wants a heart that loves Him, will follow His plan, and is completely His. Much to Samuel’s surprise, God picked David, the youngest and smallest of Jesse’s sons. Though David wasn’t perfect, he loved and trusted God completely. Do you see how God has an amazing way of using unlikely people for His plan and purposes? He uses the weak to show His strength. Though David was just a boy when Samuel anointed him, God’s Spirit was with David to lead him. God used David in many wonderful ways. One of the ways God used David was that from his family a new King was born. This baby didn’t look much like a king either. In fact, Isaiah 53:2 says, “There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.” However, God’s plan is always perfect, and He sent a perfect King from David’s family who would rescue everyone who trusted Him with their hearts. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. Have you ever received a gift or some food that didn’t look good on the outside, but turned out to be really awesome? Have you ever gotten something that looked amazing, but turned out to be terrible? 

    2. What do you do to try to make yourself look good on the outside? What are some ways that you try to make yourself look good on the inside? Does God care more about your outside or your inside? How do you know? 


    ACTIVITY:

    Draw a jar of oil to remind you of the oil Samuel used to anoint David as king. God does not look at a person’s outward appearance, but rather at their heart. Take time to encourage one another today by sharing at least one thing you’re thankful for about each of them. Pray that God would strengthen your family’s faith in the Lord so what you believe is true about God on the inside would show in your actions on the outside.

  • 2 Samuel 5:1-5


    DEVOTION: 

    God had always been the ruler of His people, Israel, but they did not like just having God in charge. They wanted to look like the other nations, so they demanded a king. Saul was chosen by God, but Saul did not want to follow God. God then chose another man, David, to take over the throne. David mostly walked in step with God, and he set the example of how God’s king was to rule. Though David was considered to be “a man after God’s own heart,” God promised David that an even greater King would come from his family and that King would rule forever. Do you see what I see? This moment in 2 Samuel is the beginning of the line of kings from which Jesus would eventually come. As great of a king as David was, Jesus is even better than David. Jesus is the perfection of a godly king because He is God in flesh. David served and took care of his people like a shepherd, but Jesus will shepherd the people perfectly. David ruled as a fair and mighty warrior, but Jesus will rule as a just, wise, and gracious King. He is the conquering King. David was king for forty years, but Jesus’ rule will last for eternity when He comes back again. As we gather this Christmas to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, we also look forward to His return and perfect kingdom. Like the people of Israel who excitedly celebrated their new king, everyone who has accepted God’s free gift of salvation will one day worship around the throne of Jesus who conquered death and sin and will make all things new again.


    QUESTIONS:

    1. Who are some people in your life that are great leaders? What makes him or her a great leader? Why was David a good leader?

    2. What promises did God make to David? How did Jesus fulfill these promises? 

    3. What are some character traits of Jesus? What makes Him the perfect leader? 


    ACTIVITY: Today, draw a picture of a crown to put on your ornament to remind you of God’s promise to David that his throne would last forever. Just like sheep, we need a Good Shepherd to follow. Pray for all of the leaders in your life and thank God that He is your perfect leader. Play Follow the Leader with your family to remind yourselves that, although we are all imperfect, we have the perfect Shepherd King to lead us. 

  • Isaiah 9:2, 6-7


    DEVOTION: Can you think of a time when the power went out and it was really dark? You probably felt a little anxious and uneasy. You might have looked for a flashlight or a candle, or you might have hidden under the covers hoping the lights would come back on. The darkness can be scary, especially if you don’t know when you’ll see the light again! When Isaiah spoke these words to the Israelites, they had been forced out of their country and were being threatened by their enemies. They were living in darkness, hoping for light to come. Light is exactly what God was promising to send! Not just any light – the Light. Do you know who calls Himself the Light of the world? John 8:12 tells us the answer. “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” Do you see what I see? Through Isaiah, God was promising the Israelites that Jesus was coming! Isaiah knew that the coming Savior wasn’t just the Light; He had other names like Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. These names helped the Israelites understand that the coming Savior would know everything that they were going through and would be able to guide them in the right direction in every situation. This Savior would have all the power of God to protect them, and His kingdom would last forever. He would bring peace and restoration to the world. Do you see what I see? This child wasn’t just coming for the Israelites that Isaiah was talking to, He was also coming to be the Light for you and me. We are walking in the darkness of our sin, but Jesus came to bring peace and light through His death on the cross and resurrection three days later. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. Take a minute to look up the meaning of your name and talk about what it means. What are some other names of Jesus? What do they mean? What is your favorite name of God? Why? 

    2. Who do you know that hasn’t heard about the peace and forgiveness that Jesus offers? How can you share the good news of the Gospel with them and shine light in the darkness?

    ACTIVITY

    For today’s ornament, draw a picture of the sun, reminding your family how God promised the light would shine in the darkness once again. To help you remember that light chases out darkness, grab enough flashlights for everyone in your family and play Flashlight Tag in your house or backyard. Afterwards pray and thank God that we don’t need to be afraid because nothing can turn off His light.

  • Isaiah 11:1-10


    DEVOTION:

    Have you ever seen an autostereogram? Maybe you know it by another name: a magic eye illusion. At first glance, it just looks like a pattern, but when you defocus your eyes you can see a hidden image. This happens because your eyes work together to form one image, but when you defocus you require your brain to see the image a different way. It takes time for your eyes and brain to adjust to looking at the image in a new way, but eventually you see a deeper image within the pattern you saw at first. Every December 25th Christmas comes around again. We put lights on our houses, trees in our living rooms. We read the Christmas story and remind ourselves that Christmas isn’t about getting stuff. We worship with the church, sing songs together, and light candles while we sing Silent Night to celebrate Jesus’ birth. This is the pattern for Christmas that everyone sees on the surface. But, let’s look deeper and see what we can find, because while Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, there’s more! Many passages throughout the Bible are written so that what’s in the very middle of the passage is the key point God wants us to understand… almost like a magic eye illusion encouraging us to focus and see something deeper. Isaiah was a prophet who made several statements about who Jesus would be almost 700 years before Jesus was born. In verses 1 through 3, Isaiah says Jesus will be related to Jesse, King David’s father, and the Spirit of the LORD will be with Him. And in verses 6 through 9, Isaiah describes an unusual scene where animals and people who normally wound or eat each other are in total peace together because of who Jesus is and what He brings. Here’s the great part! In verses 4 and 5, God reveals the deeper image He wants us to see—a righteous and faithful judge who cares for the needy and punishes evil. This is the full image of Christmas: not just that Jesus was born, but that He is the promised righteous and faithful King! 


    QUESTIONS

    1. What are the patterns you follow this time of year or family Christmas traditions that could cause you to miss what God really wants you to see? How do you sometimes get distracted from Jesus? 

    2. What are your favorite ways of worshiping God? How can you focus more of your time on worshiping Jesus for who He is during this season and all year round? 


    ACTIVITY: God promises that Jesus will make all things new when He returns again, even creation itself. Draw a picture of a lion and a lamb together showing how Jesus will bring peace to the whole world and all of creation. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 together. Pray that your family will be made new day by day through your faith in Jesus and His Spirit that works in your hearts. 

  • Daniel 3:13-28


    DEVOTION:

    Christmas trees come in all shapes, sizes, and smells. Some do a good job of holding heavy ornaments, others keep their needles longer, and some even look blue or white instead of green. Regardless of what kind of tree you have—Douglas Fir, White Pine, or Blue Spruce—when you look closely, you can always tell if it is real or fake. In the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, King Nebuchadnezzar tried to convince them his god was a real god worthy of worship. He was angry because the men refused to give in. They even said they were willing to die before they would reject their God. The king’s god was just a large golden statue he made for himself. So, while it was foolish for anyone to bow down and worship a big statue, no one wanted to die over it even if it was fake. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew their God was the living God and put their faith in Him. It’s one thing to follow a fake god when you don’t know the real one. It’s a whole other thing to leave the living God for a fake one. Every year, millions of people across the world celebrate Christmas, and it’s easy to exchange the real reason we celebrate for something that serves our own desires. Just like King Nebuchadnezzar, we are prone to put fake gods in place of the true, living God. But when the king saw the men were unharmed, he praised God and the men for their courage and began telling others of how the Most High God had performed miraculous signs and wonders. It’s almost like he was saying, “Did you see what I saw?” Christmas is not just an opportunity for us to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We also get to share how God came to save us through Jesus and help other people exchange what they may believe is just a fun family time for the real reason we celebrate—the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior and King!


    QUESTIONS

    1. What are some fun things we enjoy at Christmas that aren’t the real reason we celebrate? How can we enjoy those things while remembering Jesus’ birth? 2. Who is one person you want to share the joy of Christmas with this year? Who could you invite to your home or church so they can celebrate with you and learn about the true, living God?


    ACTIVITY

    On your ornament today draw a fire to remind you that God has power over every hard thing in your life. He may not stop them from happening, but He will always be with you through them. As a family, brainstorm some “fake gods” that you might be tempted to put in front of the one true God. (Think sports, grades, jobs, appearance, etc.) Pray and ask God to help you worship Him alone, instead of things that can never save you.

  • Micah 5:2-5


    DEVOTION: From the very beginning, God had promised a Messiah, a Savior, who would come and rescue the people from their sin and brokenness. He would bring them back to a relationship with God. The details of the Messiah were not given all at once but in pieces. Micah and the people of Israel and Judah were facing punishment for years of disobedience. They would soon be taken into exile. Before that happened, God gave His people another glimpse of the coming Messiah, which was a message of hope in the midst of despair. Bethlehem was a town not even worth mentioning. If the Israelites had smartphones, they would have needed to scroll a few times before the name Bethlehem would even pop up on the map. There’s a reason we call it “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Even though God told them where they could find the Savior, He also told the people that they would have to wait. Can you imagine receiving exciting news such as the birthplace of the Messiah but then having to wait over 400 years to see it come true? It’s hard enough to wait for Christmas morning. On top of this, God was going to use a no-name town to usher in the Messiah. Do you see what I see? The little town God chose for the Messiah to enter into was also the hometown of King David, whose family God promised the Messiah would come from. When the Magi visited King Herod, they quoted Micah’s prophecy in Matthew 2:6 to prove that the baby Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. God works in ways or in a timeframe that we may not understand, but we can trust that He is at work. No matter how long we wait, God always comes through. He offers hope to us because His promises are sure. God never abandons His people. We can say this with full confidence as we look to the manger in the small, farming town of Bethlehem. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. What promise did God make about the Messiah in these verses? How did He keep those promises when Jesus was born? 

    2. Do things sometimes happen in your life that you don’t understand? Have you ever had to wait a long time for something? What can you remember is true about God even when you don’t understand or have to wait? 


    ACTIVITY: “Bethlehem” literally means “house of bread”. On your ornament today, draw a picture of a house to be reminded again how Jesus left His home in Heaven to make His home with us here on earth. Sing or listen to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and thank God that He can use anyone, anything, or anywhere, no matter how small, to accomplish His purpose.

  • Esther 4:1-17


    DEVOTION: Have you ever read a book or seen a movie in which the hero faced a really big decision to risk her own life for the chance to save many others? Don’t we love to see and cheer for those who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others? That’s what happened in the book of Esther. A death plot was planned against the Jews who were living in exile. Queen Esther was Jewish, but no one knew that except her cousin, Mordecai. Esther was faced with a really big decision…speak up and risk being killed with the rest of the Jews or stay silent, save herself, and risk death for every other Jew. Silence was not an option, according to Mordecai. He told Esther that she was chosen as queen “for such a time as this”—the opportunity to deliver the Jews. In God’s sovereign plan, Esther talked to the king about the evil plan and God, once again, delivered the Jews. Esther’s faith was demonstrated by her willingness to stand firm and speak up, which enabled her to be used by God in His plan to rescue His people. Do you see how God’s rescue plan in Esther points to another, even more amazing rescue plan? Esther, who couldn’t see the big picture, faithfully risked her life to save God’s chosen people. Jesus, who did know the whole story, gave His life to save us. Esther didn’t die but was willing to. Jesus did die and was willing to. God proved Himself faithful in Esther’s day and He continues to show His faithfulness to us through Jesus. God loved His people in exile by sending a faithful queen and her encouraging cousin to deliver His people from certain death. Several generations later, God sent King Jesus to deliver His people from the punishment, power, and presence of sin. Do you see what I see? God, the hero in every story from Creation to Esther to Jesus, is a God who rescues. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. What is a really big decision that you have made? Who helped you make that decision? 

    2. God gave Queen Esther an opportunity to “rescue” the Jewish nation from death. What opportunities is God giving you right now to be a part of His plan in “rescuing” the world from sin and death? Who can you encourage this week by sharing God’s Word with them? 


    ACTIVITY: Draw a picture of a queen on your ornament to remind you that God is always with us, so we can be strong and courageous even in moments of worry and doubt. Make a list of things that seem scary to you. Make a second list of what you know is true about God. Pray for each other to remember what’s true about God during the scary times and thank Him for never leaving or forsaking you. 

  • Luke 1:5-25


    DEVOTION: Though Christmas is only one day out of the year, we celebrate the Christmas season for almost a month. Most of that time is preparation for the big day. We spend time decorating our homes, buying presents, attending parties, and celebrating Advent. Just like we prepare for Christmas day, God also prepared the way for the Messiah to come to a world that had been waiting for Him. Zechariah and Elizabeth had faithfully followed the Lord their whole lives. Unfortunately, they were unable to have children and had become very old. They knew it was impossible for them to have a child now. God, however, is in the business of making the impossible a reality. The angel’s appearance to Zechariah showed that this child would be special. Can you imagine the confusion, excitement, and anticipation? Do you see what I see? Zechariah and Elizabeth’s story points back to another old couple who were promised a child. In Genesis, God promised Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age, one who would be the start of a very special family. Just like Isaac, Abraham and Sarah’s son, John’s life was a miracle. His birth was something wonderful only God could do. God would use John’s life to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. John would call the Israelites back to God and soften their hearts to the true Gospel. The song “Joy to the World” states, “Let every heart prepare him room.” John did just that by boldly telling the people that Jesus was coming. God was preparing the space for Jesus to enter in. During Advent, we can prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We also look forward to Easter and the new life found in Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection. For now, we watch and wait for the anticipated arrival of the Savior. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. Even though it had been 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and start of the New Testament, God was still at work. How was God preparing the way for Jesus’ coming? 2. What is your favorite activity that your family does to prepare for Christmas? Is it easy or hard for you to wait for Christmas? Why? 


    ACTIVITY: Today, draw a picture of an old man and woman on your ornament to represent Zechariah and Elizabeth. Remind your family that what is impossible for us is possible for God. Sing or listen to “Joy to the World,” a song that’s more about Jesus’ second coming than His first. Talk about what Jesus has already done in your lives and the amazing things He will do when He returns again. 

  • Matthew 3:1-6


    DEVOTION

    Have you ever seen when police cars have their bright red and blue lights spinning? Those are used on purpose to get our attention. They announce that there is something up ahead that we need to be aware of. Well, John was sort of like those bright lights. He was sent to announce a big event ahead! Nearly 700 years before John was born, God used a prophet named Isaiah to tell us that “a voice shouting in the wilderness” would come and prepare the way for the Lord. Do you see what God was doing? God is in every little detail of history, and by sending John the Baptist, God was fulfilling that prophecy from hundreds of years ago. Back to John’s announcement: do you know the Christmas song that says, “Hark! The herald angels sing…?” It’s about the angels announcing Jesus’s birth. Well, after Jesus had grown, His cousin John was also a sort of herald, or messenger, who shared news of another grand part of God’s plan. The King of God’s Kingdom was here! John was announcing to everyone that Jesus was here and ready to begin His ministry of loving others and teaching them truth. To do this, John called God’s people to repent from their sin. To repent means “to change one’s mind” or “to turn away from sin.” See, same as today, people back then were choosing to follow their own way instead of God’s way. But John knew that God’s way is the only way that truly leads to life. God is always wanting to point us to what is best for us – and that is exactly why He sent John the Baptist to point us to Jesus! Do you see what I see? Do you see how God had this plan from the beginning of time? Do you see how He was preparing the world for the arrival of His perfect Son? God is extraordinary, and He chooses to use ordinary people like John to show us His wonderful plan. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. How did God use John in the rescue plan He had made before the beginning of time? What big announcement did John share with others? 

    2. Is it sometimes hard for you to choose God’s way instead of your way? How can you know what God’s way is?


    ACTIVITY

    John the Baptist liked to hang out by the Jordan River, so draw a picture of a river on today’s ornament. Let the river remind you that God’s grace and love never runs out for those who believe and repent of their sins. Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and remind each other that salvation is a gift from God to everyone who repents and believes. Thank God for the gift of forgiveness available to us only because of Jesus!

  • Luke 1:26-38


    DEVOTION

    Have you ever watched a movie where you knew more about what was going on than the main character did? You want to tell them, “Do you see what I see?” For example, maybe they show that someone is secretly a prince, but the main girl has no idea! When they finally find out, we can’t wait to see what happens next, even though we were in on the secret all along. Well, that’s kind of like where we are in God’s story. God had shown the Israelites all throughout His Word that He had a rescue plan, one He had been pointing to since the beginning. We’ve spent the last 21 days seeing all the ways God had been preparing the world for this moment since the beginning of His Story. He had been pointing to a Savior, a Rescuer, a Prince who would come to save us! And Mary found out… He was coming through HER! Can you imagine how Mary must have felt? Scripture doesn’t tell us all of her feelings, but if we were put in her shoes, we might have been shaking in them! This moment was huge. God was finally revealing the plan for so many things He had told us would happen: there would be an everlasting King and kingdom (2 Samuel 7:12-16), a child would be given to us who would be the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7), and God would give us a sign through a virgin birth, and that the child would be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). Mary had one simple question: How? Even though Mary couldn’t see God’s plan, she trusted that nothing is impossible with God. Mary chose to have faith – to trust in God, His Word, and His promises – and to be His servant for His glory and the good of the whole world. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. What did you learn about Mary’s faith from today’s story? What did she believe was true about God? How can God help you grow to have a faith like Mary? 

    2. How did the stories from the Old Testament point to the baby that God would bring through Mary? 

    3. Do you see yourself as a servant of God? How does this change the way you live? 


    ACTIVITY

    Today, draw a picture of a heart to remind you of the amazing love God showed by sending Jesus to earth. Sing or listen to the song, “Mary Did You Know?” and make a list of all of the amazing things the song says Jesus did. Talk about some of the good surprises you have received, whether big or small. Take time to thank God for specific things He has surprised you and your family with over the past year.

  • Matthew 1:18-25


    DEVOTION

    Have you ever been startled by someone or something? Maybe your brother or sister jumped out at you to scare you or a loud noise made you jump? Well, when Mary told Joseph that she was pregnant before they were married, Joseph was startled and couldn’t see how this could possibly be part of God’s plan. Joseph had a big decision to make. Would he stay with Mary or leave her? According to Jewish Law, Joseph was allowed to divorce Mary, but Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to embarrass her. Joseph decided to privately split up with Mary in order to protect her from shame. While considering this decision, however, Joseph was startled once again, but this time it was by an angel, sent from God, in a dream! The angel told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as a wife, for the baby that was inside her was God’s very own Son. The angel told Joseph this child was special, He was sent by God, and would save His people from their sins. All of the stories about God Joseph had probably heard growing up pointed to this child. When Joseph woke up from his dream, he still didn’t fully understand God’s plan at the time, but he had faith that God’s way was ultimately best. He took Mary as his wife and gave the child the name Jesus, which means “the Lord saves,” after He was born! When God sent Jesus to earth, He was fulfilling promises He had made all throughout the Bible. In fact, the Bible is a bunch of smaller stories that point to one big true Story, the Story of God’s rescue plan. The all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing Creator of everything sent Jesus to the world to live a perfect life, die a death He did not deserve, and come back to life the third day so that there could be a way for everyone who believes in Him to be saved and have a relationship with Him. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. In the past year, when did you and your family need to trust God even though you didn’t fully understand His plan? Why can we have faith that God’s plan is always best? 

    2. The angel told Joseph to name the baby “Jesus,” which means “the Lord saves.” Why was this the name given to the baby? What would Jesus do to show that the Lord really does save? 


    ACTIVITY

    Draw a picture of tools on today’s ornament to represent Joseph, the carpenter. Let Joseph’s story remind you that while we can only see a tiny picture of God’s plan, God has a perfect purpose and knows everything. Work together as a family to put together a puzzle this week. Thank God that He sees the big picture of our lives and that one day we will see it too! 

  • Luke 2:1-5


    DEVOTION

    Has anyone ever made you a promise? Did they keep it? Now, imagine if someone made you thousands of promises and kept all of them! Well that is exactly what God does throughout the entire Bible! While God makes and keeps all His promises, there is no more important promise than God’s promise of His own Son, Jesus, coming to earth. We read about how this promise is kept in Luke 2, but the Christmas story started much, much earlier! In fact, the Christmas story is written throughout the entire Bible. Do you see how all of the stories you’ve read point to this one? We see God make the promise of Jesus to Abraham in the very first book of the Bible, and again to David, who was told that God’s Son would be a descendant of David’s own family. God also used prophets, like Isaiah and Micah, to tell of the coming Messiah, and back in Micah 5, it was prophesied that the Savior of the world would be born in the city of Bethlehem. But wait . . . Mary and Joseph didn’t live in Bethlehem. They lived in Nazareth, which was nearly 100 miles away from Bethlehem, and there was no reason for them to leave, especially with Mary being pregnant. How is God going to keep all His promises, including this promise about Jesus’ birthplace? As you’ve seen, God always has a plan. At this point in history, the nation of Rome ruled over many parts of the known world, including Israel, the place where Mary and Joseph lived. God placed it in the mind of Caesar Augustus, the king of Rome at the time, that everyone living in the Roman empire should travel back to their hometowns and be counted. This meant that Mary and Joseph would need to take the long journey to Joseph’s hometown of . . . Can you guess? That’s right! Bethlehem! Shortly after Mary and Joseph arrived in the city of Bethlehem, all of creation held its breath to see God’s greatest promise kept in the birth of Jesus. 


    QUESTIONS

    1. God makes many promises throughout the Bible. What are some of your favorite promises that God makes? How can you remind yourselves of the promises that God has made? 

    2. Why do we celebrate Christmas and why is it such an important holiday? Why is Jesus considered the best gift the world has ever received? 


    ACTIVITY

    When Joseph and Mary got to Bethlehem, there was no room or bed for them, only a stable with a manger as a crib. Draw a picture of the manger Jesus was laid in on today’s ornament. As a family, brainstorm all of the different gifts God has given you this past year. See who can think of the most! Be sure to pray and thank God for all of these gifts, especially the gift of His Son.

  • Luke 2:6-21


    DEVOTION

    “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?” 


    QUESTIONS

    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? 


    ACTIVITY

    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 Heavenly Father.