As I contemplate Christmas, I am always amazed!
Here are some of the thoughts that amaze me:
- That God would send His only Son to die for me. When I think of how we shelter and protect our children and would do anything to keep them safe, I cannot even imagine sending them to die for others.
- That Jesus was willing to come and die for my sins. My children aren’t usually even willing to wash the dishes — much less die for someone else.
- How Jesus was willing to be humbled and live poorly here on earth after experiencing the grandeur of heaven. I am by no means rich, but I have all the creature comforts my heart desires. I do not want to leave them! Would I be willing to leave them to save others for eternity?
- How Mary (and Joseph) were willing to be used by God even though it probably meant being not accepted by others and a harder life. Is my priority to do God’s will no matter what others think or how I am accepted by others?
- How everything in the Old Testament points to the Savior who was to come. So many prophecies were fulfilled in the birth of Jesus! Everyday, I have been reading The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (affiliate link) to my class. I love how they end each story with a sentence showing how this story pointed to the Savior who would come. Here are a couple examples:
At the end of David being chosen as the king, the book says, “God chose David to be the king because God was getting his people ready for an even greater King who was coming. Once again, God would say, ‘Go to Bethlehem. You’ll find the new King there.’ And there, one starry night in Bethlehem, in the town of David, three Wise Men would find him.”
At the end of the story where the Israelites get delivered from Egypt, it says, “God’s people would always remember this great rescue and call it ‘Passover.’ But an even Greater Rescue was coming. Many years later, God was going to do it again. He was going to come down once more to rescue his people. But this time God was going to set them free forever and ever.”
- How every single year, I can get wrapped up in the busyness of the season and the “commercial” part of the season if I am not careful. Yes, Christmas is a super busy time of the year, but let’s not forget why it is called CHRISTmas!
What amazes you about Christmas? I would love to know!
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