It’s likely all so familiar. We’ve heard it all before. We know the major players. We’ve heard how the story ends.
So sometimes … we lose the wonder.
But just because we’ve heard the Christmas story doesn’t mean we’ve got it all figured out. Just because it’s familiar doesn’t mean it’s not spectacular. Just because we’ve read the story of Jesus’ arrival a hundred times before, it doesn’t mean that the story can’t still read us and show us something about our own hearts and lives.
So this week, we’re going to do something a little different. I’m going to pull out a part of the Christmas story and simply ask you some questions. Don’t think of these posts like pop quizzes, where your goal is to get the right answer (you’re on Christmas break, after all!). Think of these posts more like a pebble in a river. Turn them over and over in your mind. Smooth them out with your thoughts. Roll them around until a new shape starts to form.
I’m asking for new eyes to see the Christmas story this year. The story has not changed in more than 2000 years, but that doesn’t mean that God can’t change me with it. Wanna join me in that prayer?
Let’s start at the beginning. With an angel and a girl about your age.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end….
"For nothing will be impossible with God." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her (Luke 1:26–33,37–38).
- Why did God choose Mary for this mission?
- Is God calling you to a difficult mission this year?
- Why did Mary say "yes"?
- Do you have the same attitude as Mary when to comes to obeying God? "I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
- What else jumps out at you about this part of the Christmas story?