In the rush of the Christmas season we can be so preoccupied with buying and making gifts that we don’t take time to think about God’s gift to us, his Son. The events of the first Christmas remind us of the real cost of Christmas—its cost in the lives of those involved with the birth of Christ, and the supreme cost to God himself.
Christmas Bible Studies
During the Christmas season when we prepare gifts for others in honor of Christ’s birthday, it is important that we take time to receive and to appreciate God’s gift to us.
“What’s the baby’s name?” is often the first question to new parents. For months parents-to-be discuss how names sound together, the meaning of favorite names, or which ancestor to honor. The name finally decided upon identifies the child with the family and with the parents’ hopes for their baby.Choosing a name was not an issue for Mary and Joseph. But grasping the meaning of the names of Mary’s baby helps each generation to answer the question, “Who is this child?”
Feeling exhausted and depleted, with meager resources, a Jewish widow named Naomi and her foreign widowed daughter-in-law come to Bethlehem. How could life ever be abundant or full for them again? Centuries later, Mary comes to Bethlehem nine months pregnant–full of anticipation, uncertainties, hopes. For us now, could events that centered in Bethlehem point the way for us to become whole, complete—full as God intends us to be?