The Christmas Narratives: Stories of Grace, Salvation, Peace and Truth

In addition to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the gifts given to
the Christ Child in Matthew 2, there is much more treasure to be found
in the Christmas narratives. The term Christmas narratives is simply
a fancy term for Christmas stories. In Matthew chapters 1 and 2 and
Luke chapters 1 and 2 the stories in scripture that make up THE Christmas
Story are found. It is there in these four chapters that we find from
God’s Word a treasury of grace, wisdom, salvation and hope that make
up the wonderful and blessed story of Christmas.

The Christmas story, and the narratives that make up the Christmas
Story, are simple yet profound, – humble, yet glorious and full of wonder.
They are about normal people, yet filled with wonderful and supernatural
events. Here in this story God invades the planet earth with His peace,
His hope, and His gift of Salvation – His Son Jesus Christ.

This Christmas season, consider a few suggestions for you and your
family that can greatly bless your observance of Christmas. During
the Christmas season, take time to read Matthew chapters 1 and 2, and
Luke chapters 1 and 2. And when you have finished, read them again.
And then when you have finished, read them again. Spend time reading
and meditating on them throughout the month of December.

Read it as an individual believer, but also, read it with your family,
several times. Parents, have your children take turns, and ask each one to read
one of the four chapters out loud to you. Its good if you read it to them,
but also, let them read it to you. (Very often, they will get more out of
it if they read it to you.)

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So, please, during this Christmas season, make it a high priority
to read and meditate – several times – on the Christmas stories.
Take time to do this, even in the midst of a time that is busier than
many other times of the year.

Now we know everybody is busy. We are all very busy.
But we need to make time to do this. This is just a very wise thing to do.
Life is busy. Its always busy. Life does not have a pause button.
Yet we need to learn an important lesson from the Wise men of Matthew 2.
In the busyness of their lives, they were wise enough to put their busyness
aside. They took much of their time, spent their money, and spent
much energy and effort to follow God. They followed the guiding Star
God provided to come and find the King of the Jews (and the universe)
and worship Him and bring Him precious gifts.

Let’s you and I, this Christmas, be wise men and women.
Men and Women wise enough to put aside our “weapons of mass distraction”
- our T.V.’s, computers, our mp3 players, game systems, cd players
and cell phones. Let’s put aside some of our shopping, and our gift finding,
etc. … and seek the Christ. And you will always find Him in the Word of God.

Now some believers will read the Christmas stories once or twice during
the Christmas holidays. And that’s better than not reading them at all.
But why only nibble on God’s Word when Jesus daily invites us to dine
on It! (See John 21:12). Taking time to read and meditate on the Christmas
stories throughout the Christmas season will be its own reward. It’s a gift
you can give to yourself, and to your family – and to Jesus.
Let’s take the time!

Joseph Parker
American Family Radio

The Christmas Narratives: Stories of Grace, Peace and Truth

In addition to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the gifts given to
the Christ Child in Matthew 2, there is much more treasure to be found
in the Christmas narratives. The term Christmas narratives is simply
a fancy term for Christmas stories. In Matthew chapters 1 and 2 and
Luke chapters 1 and 2 the stories in scripture that make up THE Christmas
Story are found. It is there in these four chapters that we find from
God’s Word a treasury of grace, wisdom, salvation and hope that make
up the wonderful and blessed story of Christmas.

The Christmas story, and the narratives that make up the Christmas
Story, are simple yet profound, – humble, yet glorious and full of wonder.
They are about normal people, yet filled with wonderful and supernatural
events. Here in this story God invades the planet earth with His peace,
His hope, and His gift of Salvation – His Son Jesus Christ.

This Christmas season, consider a few suggestions for you and your
family that can greatly bless your observance of Christmas. During
the Christmas season, take time to read Matthew chapters 1 and 2, and
Luke chapters 1 and 2. And when you have finished, read them again.
And then when you have finished, read them again. Spend time reading
and meditating on them throughout the month of December.

Read it as an individual believer, but also, read it with your family,
several times. Parents, have your children take turns, and ask each one to read
one of the four chapters out loud to you. Its good if you read it to them,
but also, let them read it to you. (Very often, they will get more out of
it if they read it to you.)

p. 1

So, please, during this Christmas season, make it a high priority
to read and meditate – several times – on the Christmas stories.
Take time to do this, even in the midst of a time that is busier than
many other times of the year.

Now we know everybody is busy. We are all very busy.
But we need to make time to do this. This is just a very wise thing to do.
Life is busy. Its always busy. Life does not have a pause button.
Yet we need to learn an important lesson from the Wise men of Matthew 2.
In the busyness of their lives, they were wise enough to put their busyness
aside. They took much of their time, spent their money, and spent
much energy and effort to follow God. They followed the guiding Star
God provided to come and find the King of the Jews (and the universe)
and worship Him and bring Him precious gifts.

Let’s you and I, this Christmas, be wise men and women.
Men and Women wise enough to put aside our “weapons of mass distraction”
- our T.V.’s, computers, our mp3 players, game systems, cd players
and cell phones. Let’s put aside some of our shopping, and our gift finding,
etc. … and seek the Christ. And you will always find Him in the Word of God.

Now some believers will read the Christmas stories once or twice during
the Christmas holidays. And that’s better than not reading them at all.
But why only nibble on God’s Word when Jesus daily invites us to dine
on It! (See John 21:12). Taking time to read and meditate on the Christmas
stories throughout the Christmas season will be its own reward. It’s a gift
you can give to yourself, and to your family – and to Jesus.
Let’s take the time!

Joseph Parker
American Family Radio

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