More treasures can be found in the Christmas narratives than just the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The Christmas narratives are simply the Christmas stories found in Matthew chapters one and two and in Luke chapters one and two. They make up THE Christmas Story. It is in these four chapters that we find from God’s Word a treasury of grace, wisdom, salvation, and hope that makes 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 always full of wonder. They are about normal people, yet they are 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, consider a few suggestions that can greatly bless you and your family's observance of the season. Take time to read Matthew chapters one and two and Luke chapters one and two. 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. It’s good if you read it to them, but they will likely get more out of it if they read it to you.
Also, as they read, allow them to stop and ask questions. Children typically have questions, many of them, and children’s questions are GOOD ones. Their questions help to draw the family more and more into the Christmas story.
In addition to reading the stories, you can listen to them. Listen on a Bible app, an audio Bible, a Bible CD, or a Bible DVD. Listen to Matthew one and two and then Luke one and two many times during the Christmas and Advent season. This will bless your socks off!
Also, if your grown children live away (or maybe you’re away from your younger children), perhaps you may want to record your voice reading the story on your smartphone and send it to them. They may keep it for many years as a reminder of your love for them and God’s love for us.
So please, during this Christmas season, make it a high priority to read and meditate on and listen to the Christmas stories—many times. Take time to do this, even in the midst of this busy time. This is just a wise family goal. Life is always busy; it does not have a pause button. Yet a family project like this is a great way to “redeem” the time with your family (Eph. 5:16).
We would be wise to learn an important lesson from the wise men of Matthew chapter two. In the busyness of their lives, 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. Let’s be wise enough to put aside our “weapons of mass distraction”—our TV’s, computers, 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 may read the Christmas stories once or twice during the Christmas holidays. That’s better than not reading them at all, but why only nibble on God’s Word when Jesus invites us in John 21:12 to dine on it daily! 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, to your family, and to Jesus. Let’s take the time!