Advent Days 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 – Luke 2:1-7

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


Thank you for joining our family Advent study! Advent is an arrival or coming, and it’s a time for us as Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Our reading plan during Advent will explore the Christmas story and is based on the family-friendly Advent study “Truth in the Tinsel” by Amanda White. We will be using the daily scriptures in our personal time at the feet of Jesus while we SOAP (Not sure what SOAP is? Go here for the tutorial.) and then sharing these scriptures with our families so we can all prepare together and learn what Christmas is really about. For ideas to keep the young ones engaged and daily ornament crafts, get your copy of “Truth in the Tinsel” here.

Below is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. We encourage you to join in this study by sharing in the Comments section on our website. You can share what God’s teaching you or your family, prayer requests, family Christmas traditions, funny responses from your kids, etc.

The Discover One Thing main website continues to follow the Life Journal Reading Plan which covers the whole Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.


Jesus Time | Rebecca Hoyt

Luke 2:7


My Bible says among biblical writers, only Luke dated the events he wrote about by referring to Roman emperors. He had determined to write a thorough, factual account of Jesus’ life, which included setting the events in historical context. Because of the Roman census mentioned here, Mary had to travel from her hometown in a very advanced state of pregnancy. As a result, the Messiah was born in Bethlehem, fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

My very favorite Christmas song is “Mary Did You Know?” (and I sing it a lot whether my kids like it or not).  I just love the words, wondering about some of the things Mary was thinking when her baby boy was born. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you delivered will soon deliver you. Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blindman……calm the storm with his hand….has walked where angels trod? When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God. The blind will see, the deaf will hear the dead will live again, the lame will lead, the deaf will speak the praises of the Lamb. Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? …..would one day rule a nation? Mary, did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb, that sleeping child your holding is the great I Am!”


December is such a busy, crazy, wonderful month. The kids are getting geared up for 17 days off school in a week. (Gonna need some prayers right there) Lots of family togetherness, food, and travel. Friday after the kids got to school  and my morning stuff got done, I just had to smile and say “Jesus Time” (oh how I need some Jesus) and sat down and was quiet and prayed for all the people in this world who need some Jesus. Just thank God for that little baby being born and for all He has done for me..


Dear God, thank You for quiet time with You today. In all the to-do lists, just being quiet with You.


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  1. Praise to the Almighty Orchestrator! Just thinking about the backstory to this fulfilled prophecy. Our verse of the week in kids ministry yesterday was from the prophecy about where this child would be born in Micah 5:2 – “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” And then all the prophecies about the ancestry of this child: Genesis 49:10, Numbers 24:17, Isaiah 11:1,10, Jeremiah 23:5, Psalm 132:11. What all did God have to orchestrate to fulfill these promises? Just a few things I can think of: the government had to come together and agree to take a census which had to be calculated exactly to near his birth but not close enough that the baby would be born enroute, had to have a man in the lineage of David with a big heart who would have the faith to listen to a scary angel in his dreams and take on the task of being dad to a baby who was not his own, had to have a woman with a humble servant’s heart who would fully cooperate with God’s plan and just happen to be engaged to this man, enter miracle baby conceived from the Holy Spirit. If I tried to plan something like this, chaos would intervene at some point and the plan would fail. I think it’s safe to say that no human could orchestrate this. What amazing awesome proof that God loves us so much that He is willing to orchestrate this all to show His love, that He is a promise keeper, that He is in the business of miracles, etc.


  2. My mind was blown during our family devotion last night! Anyone else? Word of the day was “stable”, but Bible never ever says that Jesus was born in a barn or stable. All that’s mentioned about the conditions at the birth of Jesus is in Luke 2:7: “…She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” So, the part about Jesus being born in a stable with stinky animals is an assumption all because of the word “manger”, which is a feeding trough for domesticated animals, and there being no guest rooms available. All these years of reading the Christmas story, and I never realized this. So maybe it’s a good teaching tool after all that my 2-year old lost the barn to our Veggie Tales nativity set.


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