Christmas: Jesus was born…

  • Jesus was born
  • He died and was raised from the dead
  • He is in heaven preparing our eternal home
  • He is going to come back one day to take us with him

This is the Christmas hope: Jesus came and will come again. This time, to be with us forever.

John 14:1-6:

“…’Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also

You know the way to where I am going.’

‘Lord,’ Thomas said, ‘we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?’

Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for being born, living and dying on the cross to pay for my punishment. Thank you that by your sacrifice I can be made clean and adopted as a child of God.

Day 23: Christmas exists to make us children of God

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[If you have a printed Bible available, I recommend you read the passages directly from it. It’s a great way to teach our children to treasure it.]

John 1:12-14

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Prayer:
Thank you, Father, for making me your daughter. Help me live in a way that honors you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Day 22: Jesus was born on Christmas to live the perfect life you couldn't live

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Isaiah 53:5

“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.”

Prayer:
Thank you Jesus, for taking the punishment that we deserved for our sin. Thank you for living a righteous life and granting me your righteousnessthe one the Father sees us with and can receive us. Help us to never think we deserve his acceptance for our good deeds.

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Day 21: God told that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem

Messiah=the Anointed one

God spoke through the prophet Micah saying:

Micah 5:2-5a

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
    when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
    to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.”

Prayer:
Thank you God for sending Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, just as you said you would.

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Day 20: A star showed where Jesus was

Matthew 2:9b-11

“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help me recognize Jesus as King, just as the wise men did.

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Day 19: An angel announced that Jesus was born

Luke 2:8-12

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.'”

Christ is the greek word for Messiah (the anointed one).

John 4:25-26

“The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.'”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, help me recognize you as God and my Savior.

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Day 18: Christmas exists so you can have eternal life

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[If you have a printed Bible available, I recommend you read the passages directly from it. It’s a great way to teach our children to treasure it.]

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You deserved to die. The punishment for your sin is death and separation from God.

BUT GOD…

Ephesians 2:4-7

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

What a great truth! That God in heaven made himself a man to live the life that we couldn’t live and died the death that we deserved.

Prayer:
Thank you Father, for sending Jesus. Help me never forget what he has done for me! Thank you for this eternal life! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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