Day 25

The Birth of Jesus

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan


Luke 2:1-20, Galatians 4:1-7

BY Rebecca Faires

We read these words every year on Christmas Day. We need to hear this good news year after year. Just like we trim the same trees and hang the same stockings, we keep the same traditions because we desperately need to be reminded of the source of our Christmas hope. On the importance of protecting our traditions, author Edith Schaeffer had this to say:

“There is something about saying, ‘We always do this,’ which helps keep the years together. Time is such an elusive thing that if we keep on meaning to do something interesting, but never do it, year would follow year with no special thoughtfulness being expressed in making gifts, surprises, charming table settings, and familiar food. Tradition is a good gift intended to guard the best gifts.”

We observe traditions in order to safeguard our best gifts. We need the regular annual reminders or we would honestly forget. This repetition is a life-long liturgy—a return again and again to the vital truths of the gospel. When we read the Christmas story, it’s easy to think to ourselves, Oh yes, I’ve heard all this before. I know what it’s about. But when our feet hit the ground and practicality sets in, we forget. We forget that Christ came in actual history, breathing air, treading dust, sharing bread and wine with people just like us.

We forget that He came to our fallen world, a world full of inconvenience, discomfort, struggle, and tears. The pains and griefs that are often sharper during the holiday season are precisely the reason He came. They are a vital part of the Christmas story. We forget that we have received shocking news, and overwhelming good tidings. We forget the joy that has been given to this weary world, to our own hearts. We forget to treasure up all these things in our hearts. Instead, we heap up the treasures of this world, distraction after distraction, forgetting the untarnished, unfading treasure of Christ. We forget to rejoice.

We forget all the best things, even the true meaning of Christmas. And so, every year, we return to the same traditions, the same lights that remind us of the Light that shone from heaven, the Light of the world (John 8:12). The same food and drink remind us of the table of feasting that Jesus has spread before us (Luke 14:15–24). The same songs remind us of that first Christmas song that resounded in the skies that night (Luke 2:8–20). The same tradition of presenting gifts reminds us of the undeserved generosity of God (Hebrews 12:2).

Remember on this day and rejoice. Christ has come! Unto us a Son is born! Today a Savior is born! (Luke 2:11). Because of Him we are no longer slaves, but sons and daughters—heirs to His throne (Galatians 4:7). Remember and rejoice greatly, O Daughters of Zion! (Zechariah 9:9).

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74 thoughts on "The Birth of Jesus"

  1. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Amen…powerful

  2. Hannah Vincent says:

    Merry Christmas to all the SRT sisterhood from the UK. A joy to share the Bible with you all daily. May you know God with clearer vision and His grace in deeper ways in 2020. X

  3. Cali Gross says:

    Merry Christmas from Louisiana. You ladies have made me feel closer to God during this Advent season. I’ve loved this study. ♥️

  4. Angie says:

    Merry Christmas sisters in Christ! I loved this reading! I’ve never thought about the need for traditions so that we don’t forget, but that is exactly why we do the same traditions each year, to remember and for comfort. And yes, I do need the reminders that Jesus lived his time on earth, experiencing things I experience, and that we needed a baby in Bethlehem in order to have a Savior on the cross.

    Today as we were preparing to sit down to Christmas dinner with my husband’s family, we got a phone call that his grandmother had passed away. It became a very emotional day, but I can’t help but think what a glorious Christmas present she received today, to enter the Kingdom and meet her Savior! She went from preparing to celebrate his birth to meeting him face to face, and he has taken away all her pain, restored her eyesight and health, and reunited her with her husband and other loved ones that passed before her. I know that family and friends are mourning her right now, please keep them in prayer, that they may feel the comfort and peace of Christ during this time of loss.

  5. Churchmouse says:

    Praying all have had moments to reflect on Emmanuel, God with us. And I pray you’ve had tender moments with family and friends. Hugs from Pennsylvania!

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