“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.”
For the next several weeks we are going to focus on aspects of the life of Christ. These devotions will lean heavily on the passages. We may insert our thoughts from time to time, but we want the Bible to speak for itself through the power of the Holy Spirit.
So, as you read these passages use the H.E.A.R. method to work through them. Allow the Spirit to speak to you and teach you about Jesus. This will help us all as we learn to live and love like Him.
Each Monday, I will give an overview of our focus for the week and prayerfully prepare our hearts for each day, as well as our Sunday gatherings.
This week our focus is on the Childhood of Jesus. You would think that every moment of the Son of God would be captured and shared, like grandma’s photo album or Instagram feed, but the Bible doesn’t say much about His childhood. One would also wonder why some things were part of the story, while others left out. For example, there are several chapters on Jesus’ birth, several verses on hiding in Egypt for two years, dedication at the Temple, and hanging with the religious crowd at 12 years old.
Only God knows all the reasons, but one is clear. The point of the Bible and Jesus’ life is not to fill up Instagram with stories for us to admire. The point is the death, burial, and resurrection of the sinless Son of God to forgive sinful humans. So, all other highlights merely prove that Jesus is the Son of God and has the power to save. These passages are amazing and speak God’s power into us today. So, work through each passage and hear God speak.
Use the HEAR method while spending time with today’s passage.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage means
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?