Unshakable Pursuit

Living Nativity

Mary’s robe was a little lopsided, and she giggled as the sheep next to her nudged her leg. Joseph sat on a hay bale, or rather squirmed on a hay bale. Three dads stood behind Mary and Joseph, and I supposed they were the wise men. A goat stood at the side, eating the grass of our church lawn. Each year my church puts on a live Nativity on the evening of our choir’s Christmas program. Grown-ups and children portray the parts of the characters. The scene is complete with real, live animals. It makes a picture for people to stop and view for a few minutes before they step inside the church building for the choir program. Last year one of my Mission Friends was Mary, and she smiled and waved to me from the scene. Each year, there is always something that makes me think about the events of the real Christmas story. Last year, I wondered if Mary was an outgoing young woman who waved to people she knew as they passed by the stable.

As Christmas approaches, we will celebrate the birth of God’s Son in many different ways. The Live Nativity and musical program are 2 of the ways my church celebrates the good news of the coming of Christ. Your church may have similar ways, or you may do other things to tell how Jesus was born. We celebrate that through the coming of Christ to the Earth, God revealed Himself to us all. We read in the Bible, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18 NIV1). It is through Christ that we can know God more.

Throughout this Christmas season, make it your unshakable pursuit to know God more as you look at the Christmas story in a different way. As you read about Jesus’ birth and the circumstances surrounding His birth in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–2, contemplate these events in your heart. Look for the characteristics of God that are revealed through the coming of Christ. What does God show to you about His majesty, humility, or glory? While reading the gospel accounts, what do you learn about God’s provision, sacrifice, and love? Celebrate that through the coming of His one and only Son, we know God more.

Pray: Father, I thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Jesus’ birth. During this month, help me to come to know You more as I read the Christmas stories in Your Word. Open the eyes of my heart to see Your love revealed, and to show Your love to the preschoolers I teach. Amen

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1. Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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