Beyond the Weekend

December 24 | The Real Meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2018


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  Luke 2:11

Read: Luke 2:1-20

Listen: Luke 2


Tomorrow is the long-awaited Christmas Day. The anticipation we feel today is reminiscent of the anticipation felt by the Jewish people when they thought of the coming of their messiah. The prophet Isaiah had written about this messiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

The first Christmas day changed everything. History looked towards that day and we look back to it. Humanity’s fate hinged upon the arrival of God in human flesh. It was the beginning of our journey back to God. Jesus’ life and death are the ultimate gift—the gift of a restored relationship with God. The possibility to relate to God in the way he created us to relate.


Using your Focus For This Season journal and journal card, continue the disciplines we’ve been practicing for 23 days. Take a moment to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ birth. Think about the humble way he arrived—born to a nobody from a backwoods town in a place no one would want to give birth. That arrival is what we are celebrating. God becoming one of us to rescue us. In the midst of everything else going on, (as Linus tells us) don’t forget to remember what Christmas is all about. Use this lock screen to remember God with us.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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