DAY 22

God with Us

DECEMBER 24 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Centuries before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah prophesied something very specific and quite inconceivable (pardon the pun): that the coming and awaited Messiah would be born of a virgin. How could it be? In fact, the Old Testament does this repeatedly, predicting how the Messiah would be born, how he would live, how he would die, and more. Jesus fulfilling all of the prophecies compels belief in his divinity and his being the Messiah.

Here are two questions to reflect on and discuss as a family or on your own:

  1. “Immanuel” means “God with us.” What are 2 or 3 ways that you could lean into the personal nature of your relationship with God? (For example: “I could set aside 10 minutes a day to pray and meditate on his goodness.”)

  2. How does it build your faith knowing that God foretold how Jesus would be born, live, and die?

Pray: “God, You’re amazing! Thank You for Jesus and His fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies so that we can be sure that He is God’s Son. Help me spread this remarkable message today.”

As a Family: Create a nativity scene. Use stuffed animals to play the parts of the barn animals. Select who is Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, then act out the manger scene.

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