December 10th

Story

Caesar Augustus wants to know how many people are in his empire, so he tells all the people to go back to their hometown to be registered and counted.

Activity

Google search Christmas traditions around the world, and ask your family to vote on a new tradition to adopt.

Adult

The prophet Isaiah looked forward to the arrival of the Prince of Peace, whose reign would lead to eternal shalom. Isaiah’s words were fulfilled with the arrival of Jesus. This is why it is so significant that the angels described Jesus’ birth as “peace on earth.”

Read

Luke 2:9-15

9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14  “Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”



Reflect

  • Why do you think God announced the arrival of the King to no-name shepherds? What does this tell you about the nature of God and his Kingdom?
  • Imagine being there with the shepherds that night. How would you feel? How would you respond?
  • Notice the words “highest” and “earth” in the angel’s worshipful announcement. What came from the heights of heaven down to earth when Jesus was born? How is this good news? Let your reflections prompt a prayer to express your feelings of awe and gratitude.