Do you ever wonder if the story of Christmas is actually true? Is Christmas a myth? Read on to find out!
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
In a world where Santa Claus appears in stores before Thanksgiving, it can be difficult to sort through all the customs of our culture and hold on to what Christmas is all about. We can get carried away by the things of the world and forget the things of God. Our children can have trouble distinguishing between fantasy and facts, and even we can be tempted to equate the birth of Christ with other “legends” of the holiday season.
Luke knew people would question the events surrounding the birth of Christ. Who wouldn’t? It all seemed a bit outrageous, but from the beginning, there were witnesses. Luke spoke with them and recorded their words. He investigated the truth of what he had been told. Why? So we would know the certainty of the things we have been taught. So we will know the truth.
God had said a virgin would give birth, and she did. We can believe that because those who witnessed the event recorded it. We do not have to wonder every year if what we believe is true; we know it is because God’s word tells us so. So, this holiday season, don’t treat the virgin birth like you do any other Christmas story. Stop and wonder anew at the amazing miracle God performed and then remember the precious purpose He had: you! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Worship: Read Genesis 18:1-14. Discuss another miraculous birth—that of Isaac when Abraham and Sarah were very old. Focus on verse 14. Ask yourself that same question the Lord asked them: “Is anything t0o hard for Him?” Believe that “With God all things are possible.” Pray, laying before the Lord things you have considered “too hard” for him. Acknowledge that He can do all things and ask Him to give you the faith to believe the things He has said are true. Worship Him as the creator and sustainer of all life.
Family Focus: Begin a list of answered prayers. Perhaps you can post it somewhere in your home where all family members can access it. Explain that when someone has a prayer request, they write it on the list, adding the date(s) they pray for it. As others in the family pray for it, they can add those dates as well. If someone feels led to pray a certain Scripture over a request, they can write the reference on the chart for others to use as well. When God gives answers to the prayer, write the date and the answer. Over time, you will have a visible reminder that God still works miracles! Begin today by adding the first prayer requests to the chart and praying for those requests as a family.
25 Daily Christmas Devotions
- Day 1- O, Come Let Us Adore Him
- Day Two: Hope for the Holidays
- Day Three: True Worship
- Day Four: Not a Myth, a Miracle!
- Day Five: Family Trees and the Father’s Faithfulness
- Day Six: Let there be light
- Day Seven: Now Near
- Day Eight: Willing on the way
- Day Nine: A Cup of Encouragement
- Day Ten: Call Me Blessed
- Day Eleven: No Fear, Just Faith
- Day 12: O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Day Thirteen: “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night”
- Day Fourteen: Mary, Did You Know?
- Day Fifteen: Worthy of Worship
- Day Sixteen: Where is your treasure?
- Day Seventeen: God With Us; He’s IN us!
- Day Eighteen: The Word became flesh
- Day Nineteen: His Greatest Gift to You
- Day 20: His Will through His Word
- Day 21: “He Himself is Our Peace”
- Day 22: Only One Way
- Day 23: “We’re a body…which part are you?”
- Day 24: Watching and Waiting
- Day 25: What do you expect?
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