December 2020: Jesus' Birth
Last month we shared together in being thankful. Hopefully we found something new to be thankful for and will continue in giving thanks to our God. This month, we will focus on the birth of our Lord and Savior. Many theologians believe we celebrate His birth at the wrong time of the year. Nonetheless, we will take this time to honor and reflect as it is the season.
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December: Jesus’ Birth
Monthly Focus: The Birth of our Lord & Savior
Key Verses: Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:7
Memory Verse: John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
A lot of people think Christmas is just a time of the year filled with laughter and joy, the exchanging of gifts, and egg-nog. In fact, a lot of people don’t know there’s a lot more to the season than snow-filled pictures, cozy pajamas, and extra family time. Whether you believe that Jesus was born around this time of year or not is insignificant to the fact that He was born. Let’s focus our study here, on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Can you imagine that God Himself, bankrupted heaven to wrap Himself in flesh to enter the world, born of a virgin, born of manger, for the sole purpose of dying for our sins? Crazy right?! But it REALLY happened, and not only did it actually happen, it afforded us salvation, rightness with Christ, and SO many benefits here on earth. That’s the real reason for the season. We take time to honor our Lord’s birth, to reflect on His grand earthly entrance to rid us once and for all of our sins, and to free us from the penalty of our own decisions, with the option to choose life with Him. Isn’t that a reason to be grateful??
God gave us something precious and prized when He sent His son with a purpose to fulfill here in the earth. He came and fulfilled this purpose and we walk daily in the benefits that were afforded us on the Christ. But did you know that God did the same thing with you?
The bible says that before God formed the earth, He knew you. He knew you in your mother’s womb and stated that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. He called you an heir and a joint heir with Christ and stated that He knows the thoughts and plans He has for you. Those plans are thoughts to prosper you, to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:14, Romans 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11). So, whether you know it or not, God created you and placed you here on earth with a purpose. You are not a mistake. You are not unworthy, you are not unforgivable, you are not unusable. You are not damaged or broken goods. You also do not have to wait until you get out. God can and wants to use you for the purpose which He created you. Do you know why you’re here? Do you know why God created you? Have you ever asked your Creator why you were created? Take a moment to pray on the matter and write down anything you hear the Lord saying, any thoughts that come to mind, or anything worth remembering.
We know why our Lord and Savior was born. Take some time in prayer and studying of the scriptures to discover why you’re here. It is my belief that we are all somewhere on our purpose journeys. It is quite possible to be in the car, headed down a road, and not know the name of the street or understand the process needed for the journey ahead. This month, let’s get with God and see what He would have for us!
Here are some noteworthy verses for your learning and reflection.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
If you don’t hear it from anyone else, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pens to Prison!! We pray much love, joy, peace, laughter, and grace abound to your greatly!