Why in the world are there three readings for Christmas Day?
To give you options. To give you something to come back and read in the middle of January when you are wondering where the holiday season vanished to so quickly.
And not to give you stress. So if your guests or your pets or your recipes gobbled up all of December 25, and you are looking at this page on December 26 and feeling guilty—stop it! Surrender to the passing of time and move on.
Psalm 98 calls us to “sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!” What do you find marvelous in the Christmas story? Talk to the Lord about that and thank him.
Isaiah 52 is a message to God’s people to “put on your strength.” See Ephesians
Hebrews 1 is a wonderful reminder of who the Baby in the manger truly is.
John 1: John did not begin his gospel with the story of Jesus’ birth. Instead he wrote this beautiful poetic introduction to the Word—God’s message to us, wrapped in a human body.
Treasure: One gracious blessing after another
The LORD has made known his salvation… (Psalm 98:2)
Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the LORD has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem. (Isaiah 52:9)
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3 NLT)
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16)
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. (John 1:16 NLT)
Lord, you are the one who rescues and comforts people who feel ruined or desolate. Shine your radiance upon me and remind me that you give grace after grace from a fullness that never runs out.
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