Be Wise and Follow the Light

They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. (Matthew 2:9-10 NIV) The wise thing the Magi from the east did was to follow the light of Christ,Continue reading “Be Wise and Follow the Light”

Don’t Keep Silent

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23 NIV) It’s been said that the first Christmas was anything but silent. People traveled to their own town to be registered for the census, a great company of angels praised God, shepherdsContinue reading “Don’t Keep Silent”

Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews. (John 19:19 NIV) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw hisContinue reading “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”

The Gift of Praise

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.” (Luke 1:68 NIV) We find several people offering the gift of praise in the nativity story. We hear… Mary praising God in a song, also known as “The Magnificat:” And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the LordContinue reading “The Gift of Praise”

Jesus: The Reason for the Season

In the busyness of the Season, I’ve been doing my best to remember the Reason. I stumbled across this Christian parody of the classic Christmas poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It’s a beautiful reminder to keep Christ in Christmas. ‘Twas the night before Christmas–and in most of the town, Not a sign of Jesus–wasContinue reading “Jesus: The Reason for the Season”

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24 NIV) I don’t think we talk enough about Joseph’s sacrifice in the Christmas story. Joseph was a man who “was faithful to the law” (Matthew 1:19). He was pledged to be marriedContinue reading “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain”

When the Fullness of Time Had Come

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4 ESV) “When the fullness of time had come…” God’s timing is perfect. He set the time for Jesus’ birth, just as He hasContinue reading “When the Fullness of Time Had Come”

Appreciate the Present

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV) There’s a Christmas song that I like to listen to every year…It’s called, “Mary, Did You Know?” The song is aContinue reading “Appreciate the Present”