Family Advent Devotions: Week 4
Have someone light a candle.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Oh come, let us adore him!
[Sing "We Three Kings"]
Have someone read Matthew 2:1-12 (NIrV):
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,
“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’ ” (Micah 5:2)
Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
Have you ever gotten a gift that made you really happy? What was it?
Were the angels happy about Jesus being born? How can you tell?
Were the shepherds excited about Jesus being born? How can you tell?
The angels said that Jesus would bring great joy for “all people.” Who does that include?
How can we show people that we’re excited about Jesus?
Thank God for giving us the gift of Jesus
Have each person pray for another member in the family.
Pray for people who are mean to us.
If you have received any Christmas cards this week, pull them out and pray for those families.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Give each other a hug or kiss, or however you show affection in your family.