January 4 – Chronological Gospels
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Birth of Jesus
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 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,
Season of Preparation | Becky Newman
Luke tells us the most about Jesus’ childhood, but still not much. This was a season of preparation to get ready for a world-changing mission. What’s important in God’s eyes to fulfill His mission? Verse 40 says strength, wisdom, and the grace of God. Verse 52 expands it a bit to include the favor of God and man. As a typical Jewish boy, much of Jesus’ studies would have been focused on the scriptures, and as part of a poorer family, the rest would likely have been focused on learning a trade, likely carpentry since that was Joseph’s trade. Just because there’s not much written about Jesus’ childhood doesn’t mean it wasn’t significant, but it was part of God’s plan to raise him in a traditional Jewish home, rich in Spirit but not so rich in wealth, where it was obvious that God’s favor was on him.
Seasons of preparation, in study of Your Word and strengthening relationship with You, are significant in fulfilling Your plan and mission, and in making sure I’m ever-ready. These seasons are important for me in mid-life and important for my kids in the beginning of life. Thus, my home should be a place fertile for growth of strength, wisdom, and the grace of God through the reading and studying of Your Word and prayer.
Father, make my home fertile for growth; ready us for fulfilling Your plan and mission. May Your favor be on my family.
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