Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Unto Us a Child is Born!

Christmas – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I have always enjoyed Christmas. Obviously, as a kid it was exciting to receive presents, be out of school, and spend hours playing with new toys and eating Christmas goodies (no fruitcakes, thank you). As an adult, the dedicated time with family and friends, many of whom had not been seen since the previous Christmas was something I most enjoyed. As a soldier stationed almost 1,000 miles from home, Dianna and I were eager to be home for Christmas, and not just in our dreams. Back then we never failed to be home on the 25th of December.

As I’ve grown spiritually I still enjoy the rich traditions that are involved at Christmas. Decorating trees, baking (Dianna’s tradition) and eating (my tradition) Christmas cookies, pies, and cakes. Family gatherings, the shopping for, wrapping up, and giving presents – opening a few is nice too – singing Christmas carols, enjoying the school break with the kids, all of these things and more are traditions that I dearly love and take pleasure in every Christmas.

But more than ever I want to highlight and rejoice in Jesus Christ, at all times of the year, but especially at Christmas. How easy it is to get caught up in the other aspects of the holiday, many of which are good things, while only giving scant attention to our Lord. How sad for us to attend His birthday party but not pay much attention to Him. That ought not to be.

Unto Us a Child is Born! is series of three Christmas lessons which focus on the prophesied birth of the Savior, the reason why the Savior’s birth was necessary, and on the shy virtue which marked the Savior and should characterize His followers. Lesson number four will hopefully encourage us to be biblically resolved to stand for and follow after our Christ anew in 2015. Please click on the above link to open a PDF of the lesson booklet. You may also find a link to this series and past Sunday school lesson series by looking under the “Resources” tab on our homepage, and then clicking on “RBC Bible Studies.”

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