December 2020

December – Why The Nativity? By David Jeremiah

 

1 – Why the prophecies?  Why would He let them see what was to come?  Because He loves us and He wats us to know what lies ahead, whether for our encouragement or a sober warning.  Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 49:6 and Isaiah 53:3-5.    Does knowing that Jesus’ birth fulfilled prophecies made hundred of years beforehand affect your life?  In what ways?

 

2 – Why did God become man?  John 1:14.  If you were God, would you have chosen the same method to reach humanity?  Why or why not?

 

3 – Why Mary?  Luke 1:28.  When you read your Bible, are you quick to believe and accept like Mary, or do you question and disregard?

 

4 – Why the Song of Mary?  Imagine you have received the greatest news of your life, the greatest honor you ever imagined.  How would you respond?  Luke 1:38.  If you were to compose a song of praise to the Lord, what would you tell Him?

 

5 – Why Joseph?  Heritage, carpenter….  Matthew 1:20-21, have you ever been disappointed or hurt by someone you love and trusted?  How did you react?

 

6 – Why did Jesus come when He did?  Galatians 4:4-7

 

7 – Why Elizabeth and Zechariah’s miracle baby?  Luke 1:15-17.  John the Baptist would prepare the way, just as Isaiah prophesied. 

 

8 – Why Bethlehem?  Micah 5:2, Bethlehem means the house of bread, appropriate for John 15:8

 

9 – Why was there no room in the Inn?  Luke 9:58.  Take comfort in John 14:1-3

 

10 – Why the stable?  2 Corinthians 8:9

 

11 – Why call Him Jesus?  Jesus is the equivalent of Joshua, which means “God Saves”.  Matthew 1:21

 

12 – Why was Jesus born of a virgin?  Jesus was born into the world, not from it.  John 1:2, Luke 1:34-35 and Isaiah 7:14

 

13 – Why did Jesus come as a baby?  Luke 2:52, He knew every challenge and temptation known to humanity.

 

14 – Why the shepherds?  Genesis 46:33-34, a shepherd’s social standings.  Luke 2:13-14

 

15 – Why the angles?  Angels carry out the work of God.  Which of the various angelic visits regarding Christ’s birth is the most meaningful to you? And don’t forget Luke 2:13-14

 

16 – Why the wise men?  Matthew 2:2, 11-12.  Why do you think the wise men obeyed the angels warning?  Isaiah 60:1-3 and Acts 26:22-23

 

17 – Why the star of Bethlehem?  Matthew 2:2 and Numbers 24:17.  Do you think it was faith or science that caused the magi to follow the start?

 

18 – Why was King Herod so angry?  Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:16-18

 

19 – Why did the wise men bring gifts?  Matthew 2:11  Gold symbolized Kingship.  Frankincense was holy oil familiar to anyone who lived near Jerusalem.  Myrrh was anointing oil used for embalming the dead. 

 

20 – Why didn’t Jesus have a royal birth?  Matthew 5:5, Luke 17:20-21 and John 18:36

 

21 – Why do Anna and Simeon challenge us?  Luke 2:29-32, 36-38

 

22 – Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?  Christmas a Middle English term, “Christ mass” or Christ’s service of worship.  Not actually the day Christ was born.  The date became sacred for many by calculating 9 months after Gabriel’s proclamation of March 25 and is a good a date as any for the entire world to bow  before the King.  It is actually Christmas every day.  Read Romans 5:1-11 for gifts we received because of faith.

 

23 – Why did Jesus come?  Matthew 9:13, John 5:43, John 6:36, John 7:29 and John 12:46

 

24 – Why must Jesus come again?  Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 21:1, I Corinthians 13:12 and I Thessalonians 5:2

 

25 – Why do I need to believe in Jesus?  John 3:16

 

26 – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 

27 – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

28 – Micah 6:8

29 – Isaiah 9:6-7

 

30 – John 1:14-17

 

31 – Revelation 22:18-21