Bright, colorful lights illuminate the streets as I drive home from work. Every display is uniquely different, but the theme is the same. The joy of Christmas is everywhere! Can you sense the excitement in the coming of this glorious day? Christmas will soon be here!
Now, imagine how it was centuries ago as many awaited the coming of the Messiah. The prophets prophesied for many years, and God's people were given a hope. Now, the Living Hope was here. No more waiting. The Messiah had come!
But the Messiah did not arrive as many expected a king to arrive. Instead of arriving to a prestigious, glamorous kingdom, he was born in a stable. You can imagine the scene if you've walked into a barn. The sights and smells are certainly not fit for a king, especially the King of all Kings. Yet, even in the beginning, Christ demonstrated humility.
Shepherds visited the Messiah in the stable. They glorified and praised God. Later, the wise men brought treasured gifts to Jesus. In each instance, they all chose to worship Jesus as the Messiah.
So, what about you? How will you respond to our Messiah this Christmas?
This week we will be completing our Christmas study. My prayer is God would give you a fresh perspective on the meaning of Christmas as you study along. We will be reading passages from the books of Matthew and Luke. Please click here for the reading guide. Let's begin by taking a closer look at Matthew 1:23.
“'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel'—which means, 'God with us.'”
As you read this verse, consider the answer to the following questions:
Why was it important for Jesus to be born of a virgin?
What is the significance of Jesus's name Immanuel?
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