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Christmas Devotion  #14

Number 14  Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season! 

Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. 

It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday! 

Dec. 14th - A Star - Matthew 2:2

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

Okay, this isn't your typical "star" photo; it's actually a star that fell off our little four-year-old foster granddaughter's shoe!  But because of its connection with her, it was special to me; therefore, I chose it for my "star" for this Christmas devotion.

Have you ever thought about how the Wise Men knew about the star?  Most Bible scholars believe these men (traditionally three in number because of the three gifts mentioned in Scripture) to have been of a certain group of priestly scholars or "Magi". 

They most likely studied among other things both astrology and ancient writings.  Most scholars believe they were from the royal courts of Babylonia and Persia.  This would mean they had traveled over 900 miles to see Jesus!

In Matthew 2:5-6  the Magi quote Micah 5:2 - "They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:


Think about would these men have heard this prophecy from Isaiah 60:6 or Balaam's prophecy of a star that would announce the birth of a special King meant to be worshiped? (Numbers 24:17) 

"Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord."

Isaiah 60:6

“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls of all the people of Sheth."

Numbers 24:17

God in His infinite plan arranged it! 

Remember Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, along with many other Jews who were taken to Babylon during Judah's captivity?  God's Word went with them in their hearts and also likely in  writings among the artifacts taken from the temple. Daniel, himself, prophesied about the coming Messiah when he lived there.  These stories can be found in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament.

Remember the young Jewish girl, Hadassah, who became Queen Esther of Persia?  God used her influence "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:4)  to the point that "many of the people of the land became Jews" (Esther 8:17) opening the door for God's Scripture there!

Christmas star devotion

In the same way, God continues to use His Word to point people to Jesus the Christ, Savior of the world.  The Wise Men sought Him, and the star led them to The Way, The Truth, and The Life. (John 14:6) 

God's Word by His Holy Spirit continues to do the same today!  If we seek God too, He promises to be found. 

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Jeremiah 29:13

I think this question from the Wise Men in our Bible verse above for this Christmas devotion can remind us of three questions we can ask ourselves: 

  1. Have we seen the star?
  2. Are we following the star & seeking Jesus?
  3. Are we pointing others to the star & the Savior? 

This Christmas and on into the New Year, every time we see a star, whether it's in God's night sky, on a tree, or off a shoe...let's be reminded to see, follow & point to Jesus!

One, two, three!

Christmas Devotion Activities

  1. Star Gaze - Go outside as a family and look for the biggest star or count stars together.
  2. Star Chain - Make a star chain; then write a name of a person who is special to you on each one.  Let it remind you to pray for each during this holiday season.
  3. Find the Star - Hide a paper star or star ornament for a game of hide-and-seek.  

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