Have you ever been asked to, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” That’s exactly the journey I took this week as I used Hannah Kerr’s “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” to lead me to the Christmas story once again.
This time through the Christmas story we’ll seek to place ourselves inside the story and see how the story would/should go in our lives today.
“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!
There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.
Lights are a major part of modern-day Christmas decorating traditions. It’s what completes the tree, or lights up small-town streets. The lights of Christmas and Matt Redman’s Christmas song “These Christmas Lights” are our inspiration to explore Scripture all about the Light of the World.
Use the lights of Christmas to remind you that Jesus is the true light.
We can see what a heart filled with expectation looks like when we observe children’s faces on Christmas morning. May our hearts burst with childlike levels of anticipation for the return of Christ. “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” as sung by Meredith Andrews, reminds us that while the Advent season may have come to a close for 2017, we still eagerly await Christ’s return.
Christmastime is here! I love this season! I love the music, I love the traditions, I love the decorations, I love the food, and I love taking extra time examining the reason we celebrate this Holy Day. This week I am excited to use Matthew West’s new song, “Join the Angels,” to inspire us to pore over the Christmas story.
The angels had a pretty important role in the story of Christ coming to earth as a human. Let’s delve into exactly what they had to say together!
Reviewing the Christmas story can warm our hearts with the familiar, but examining the characters in new ways can bring a richness to the story you may never have considered. Sidewalk Prophet’s song, “What a Glorious Night,” puts the shepherds (and their experience in the Christmas story) front and center. It gives us a unique opportunity to consider this repeated story in a fresh and exciting way.
I pray my response to God’s message will always be the same as the shepherds that glorious night.
How many times have we missed the miracle because there was “no room” for the inconvenient? The birth of Jesus was messy, and loud, and inconvenient, and yet some embraced it and some like the innkeeper sung about in Brandon Heath’s song, “Just a Girl,” missed out on welcoming the Savior of the World.
I wonder how many miracles we’ve missed because we said, “no,” out of inconvenience?
I love how this week’s song leads us to the Christmas story AND deep into God’s Word searching out details about the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Lauren Daigle’s “Light of the World”, includes lyrics we can relate to and that point us back to God’s Word.
If you feel like you are walking in darkness, please know that the sunrise has visited us from on high to give you light and guide your feet into the way of peace.
On this week’s episode I discuss:
Our desire for the “next thing”
Giving yourself the margin to allow truth to sink in
Luke 2:13-14 where the multitude of angels appeared to the shepherds
Zachariah’s prophecy over John that includes details about Jesus in Luke 1:76-79
Read Luke 1 & 2…again. This time focus on the areas we talked about today — Zechariah’s prophecy, the angels and the shepherds, or any other part you find yourself skipping over. Want to go deeper? Do a search in BibleHub.com or BibleGateway.com for “light of the world”. Read the verses you find in context and chase down some cross references.