Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 2:11. It’s that time of year again, the time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you, but as for me, by this time of the holiday season I have about worn myself out. How did we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all?
We spend weeks or even months getting ready for the big day. We decorate our houses with Christmas trees, nativity scenes, wreaths, garlands, angels, and other Christmas decorations.
We go all over town looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Then, we wrap all the gifts and place them under the tree and wait for the day when we get to open all the gifts we have purchased and prepared for our loved ones.
We spend hours planning, shopping, and cooking our family’s favorite Christmas goodies and meals.
We do all this and wear ourselves out to the point of exhaustion.
During the holiday season, do we really take the time that we should to reflect on the real reason for the Christmas season?
It is Jesus’ birth we are celebrating. How do you suppose He would like us to celebrate His birthday?
Do you think He would enjoy us spending time with Him?
I know on my birthday I enjoy my friends and family spending time with me acknowledging the celebration of my birthday, don’t you?
In Matthew 2:11 we learn that the wise men traveled to see baby Jesus. When they found Jesus, we are told that they bowed down and worshiped Him. They brought gifts to Him of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The celebration wasn’t about the wise men, or Joseph and Mary. It was focused solely on Jesus.
What are some ways that we can worship Jesus during the Christmas holiday season? We might attend church worship services, Christian Christmas programs, listen to Christian Christmas songs, or read the Christmas story from the Bible and reflect on the glory, majesty, and precious gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
How do you plan to worship Jesus during the Christmas holiday season?
Daily Bible Reading:
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Things to think about:
- In what ways do you worship Jesus during the Christmas holidays?
- What are some ways that we can teach our children and grandchildren the true meaning of Christmas?
- How can we focus more on Him and not as much on the other things that we have made Christmas about?
- What are some ways we can share the love of Jesus with others during the Christmas season?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for sending Him to this world to be born of a virgin and to die on the cross for our sins. Help us during this Christmas season to focus more on celebrating His birth and less on all the other traditions that we have during this holiday season. Forgive us of the ways that we have made this time of year more about us and what we want and less about Him. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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