Family Jesse Tree Study – December 25
Today is the last day of our Family Jesse Tree Study. We will resume the online study on January 1st with the book of Daniel.
The Jesse Tree is the family tree of Jesus (see Matthew 1 and Luke 3 for a complete genealogy of Jesus). All along its branches are men and women of God who have incredible stories to share and from which we can glean a deeper understanding of faith and build a stronger relationship with God. God orchestrated these people and stories for a reason — to point us to His Son Jesus who comes to save us once and for all.
For this study, we encourage you to read, reflect, and journal on these scriptures on your own and then find a good time with your family to do this devotion together. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a devotion, discussion question, and prayer taken from “Jesse Tree Family Devotions” by the Reformed Church in America, then below that is a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. For printable ornaments to make your own Jesse Tree, see: http://images.rca.org/docs/discipleship/jessepatterns.pdf. If you’re doing this study with smaller kids, consider using a children’s Bible to share the stories, or use the shorter version of the scripture provided in parentheses. For older kids, consider introducing them to the SOAP method of journaling through this study.
We hope you join us in this study, and please share how it’s going, your favorite Christmas traditions, and prayer requests in the Comments section on our website.
Luke 2:6-21 – Birth of Jesus
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 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.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Our waiting is over! Jesus is born! The star is shining, the angels are singing, the shepherds are worshiping. Our Savior is here! Mary was happy to have her beautiful baby, but she knew that not every day would be as special as his birth day. She knew that raising God’s son was going to be a challenge. But for the moment she tried to enjoy all the amazing things that had happened. When sin first came into the world, God made a promise. Even when the people forgot about God and the promise, God didn’t forget about the people. God guided the people, protected the people, and loved the people, even when they were sinful. God was faithful, and today the promise is fulfilled.
What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?
Thank You, God of the universe, for the most wonderful gift of Your son, Jesus.
SOAP JOURNAL NOTE
MERRY CHRISTMAS! | Rebecca Hoyt
Jesus is born! God came down and became fully human but remained fully God. He experienced everything we do yet He was perfect. Happy Birthday Jesus; I can imagine the party going on in heaven! The angel of the Lord told the shepherds, a Savior (Our Savior) Who is Christ the Lord is Born!
I love how in verse 19 it says but Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. My first born was born in December 14 years ago. I can remember how excited and nervous I was and wanted to remember everything about that day. So I can imagine how excited and happy Mary was and wanted to remember everything of that day. I’m sure she was also exhausted and nervous; not only was she a young first-time mom, but she was going to raise the Savior of the world!
Dear Lord, thank You for sending that little perfect baby to earth, who grew up and saved us from our sins. Thank You for all the people You put in Jesus’s life growing up. Thank You for letting me become a mom. It truly is the best and hardest thing ever. Thank You for all the people You put in my kids’ lives as they grow up; I pray they grow up truly knowing You!
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