Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day

Prayer Psalm: 110

Prayer Point: On Christmas we celebrate the coming of our King and we look forward to his return. Take time today to pray that Jesus’ kingdom will break into our world, that he will beat back the forces of evil and bring justice and hope to the widow, orphan and all the oppressed.

John 3:31-36

Background. The speaker in today’s reading is John the Baptist, the prophet who was sent by God to prepare his people for Jesus’ coming. John is the “one who is from the earth” and he is comparing himself to Jesus, the “one who come from above (heaven)” and “testifies to what he has seen and heard.”

Pay special attention to …

  • How John compares himself to Jesus, the one from above.
  • Jesus’ (the Son’s) relationship with the Father (God the Father). Look specifically for who leads, who follows and what the Father has given to the Son.
  • What is true of those who believe the Son’s testimony and how many will accept it.

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share
What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

1 John 4:7-16

Background. John understands Jesus and in particular his life, death and resurrection to be the ultimate expression of God’s love. This act of love can not be understood apart from what it means for Jesus to be an atoning sacrifice. An atoning sacrifice is one that turns aside the wrath of God. God’s anger burned hot against us for our failure to love him and our neighbor, but through Christ and for those who belong to him by faith, that anger is gone.

Pay close attention to …

  • The connection between loving others and knowing God and in particular knowing that God the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
  • The connection of Jesus’ sacrifice and the love we are to show others.
  • Whose love came first, God’s love or our love.

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

Zechariah 2:10-13 “… in that day.”

Why are the people encouraged to “sing [shout – NIV] and rejoice”? (“… for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.” (Zechariah 2:10 ESV))
Who is speaking, as it were, through Zechariah? (The Messiah is “speaking” here. “And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.” (Zechariah 2:11b ESV))

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