No matter how you choose to celebrate Christ this season, let the Messiah–not the mayhem–reign in your quiet Christ-focused heart.
Read: Matthew 2:1—6
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’
Reflect: King Herod wasn’t fond of the idea of a competing king–particularly a Jew. Furthermore, when he asked about where He was born, the chief priests and teachers of the law quoted the prophecy from Micah–yet those priests and teachers didn’t choose to go and worship. When we hear the Word, may our hearts be obedient!
Respond: Father, You have arranged my life down to the nanosecond and you’ve surrounded me with promises throughout Your Word to bring me encouragement and comfort. Help me to meditate on those truths so that when You call me to act, I am obedient.
Tot Time: Read Matthew 2:6 again. It says that Jesus will be a shepherd to people. Ask the children, “What is a shepherd? How does God shepherd your own life?”