You know the Christmas story, don’t you?
For those who are familiar with the New Testament and the four gospels, you know that Luke gives us the most complete narrative of the Christmas story. Matthew does a fine job filling in a few more details, but if you want to know where all of those famous Christmas carols and countless Christmas card greetings come from, you’ll find most of them right here in Luke’s handy-dandy guide to Christmas 101.
Actually, in the larger scheme of things, Luke gives the Christmas story less than three chapters in his gospel writings, which cover a total of twenty-four chapters. Throw in his twenty-eight chapters of Acts and all in all, the advent story of Jesus is quite small in comparison to the larger Jesus story Luke tells. But as small as the Christmas story is in relationship to the rest of the bigger story, lucky us that we can get the facts from one who has carefully investigated the details…one unique man, Luke, a doctor, who must have known how important it was going to be for those of us who’ve never met the historical Jesus in person. So, here we go. 30 days to the incarnation. Let’s enjoy the journey with Luke’s good news message to the world. And it all begins with Christmas!
A 30-Day Christmas-Time Devotional
You might also want to check out our other popular Advent series:
Christmas through the Eyes of the Heart Join us for this 14-session blog series which combines the reading of the Christmas story, as found in God’s Word, with seeing, using fourteen pieces of beautiful artwork that can bring your imagination to life. Check it out here.
Joy Comes In The Morning. As you celebrate the Advent/Christmas season, enjoy one of our personal favorites, a Christmas-time short story (10 sessions) about the time when Santa Claus, a man who takes his work very seriously, decides to pack it all in and skip Christmas altogether! I guess even ole St. Nick can use a good reminder of what Christmas is all about!
Let It Be. Fiat Mihi. Over the years, this post has become our most popular blog. Step into the powerful message of Mary, the mother of Jesus, her Fiat Mihi.
Handel’s Messiah. Do you know the story behind this great Christmas-time musical masterpiece? Read about the amazing work of God as George Frederic Handel composed and presented his new composition in 1742.
God Rest Ye Merry. See how one little comma can make a whole lot of difference in what we’re actually trying to convey to others at Christmas time.
Joseph, The Stone-Crafter’s Christmas-Time Prayer. Tradition says that Joseph of Nazareth was a carpenter by trade, but most likely, the ‘earthly father’ of Jesus, and his young son, were skilled craftsmen in stone.
May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!