Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

The season of waiting and anticipation is almost over. Tonight, all those years ago, Mary was beginning her labor in a stable in Bethlehem. 

I encourage you to read these verses and think about how Christ came from heaven to free us from sin.

Matthew 1:23, Christ was given birth by a virgin.
Isaiah 40:9 Here is Our God.
Luke 2:8-16 The shepherds left their jobs to see the miracle of Christmas
John 1:1-5, 10-12, 14 The Word came, dwelt, led, and demonstrated.
Micah 5:2, 4-5 Our Savior is our Shepherd. He came from Bethlehem.
Psalm 72:8,11,17 May He rule the world. May all bow down before Him. May He bless all nations.

If you think my selection of verses for a Christmas Eve reading is a little odd or random, my hymnal has readings that go between songs and I snagged all the ones related to the birth of Christ.

With tomorrow's festivities, I remind you to not forget the guest of honor.
Praise Jesus.
Thank Him for coming as a baby and then dying for our sins.
Maybe read the Christmas story before presents (or play an invented trivia game with questions about the Christmas story like my husband's family did at our Christmas).
Dedicate tomorrow to be a day of peace, joy, and love.
Think of the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth.

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