Christmas Lesson – Faith

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We read the Biblical accounts of His birth in a lowly manger in a town far from home and all that happened on that unforgettable night. We rejoice at the fulfillment of the prophecies of the birth of a baby that would save the world. I think most of us are very familiar with the story of Christmas as found in the Bible. In case some are not sure of where to find this in the Bible, the text can be found here (Luke 2:1-20). But what lesson about faith can we learn from this story?

Faith, Hope & Love at Christmas

I wanted to do a Christmas blog series using a different angle to study some of the lessons we can learn from Christ’s birth. For the next couple of weeks, we will look at the story of Christmas through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” For today’s blog, we will look at faith’s role in this story.

Mary

Earlier in Luke, we find the story of when the angel appeared to Mary to announce her role in the birth of Jesus. Mary’s response to the angel (called the Magnificat) appears in Luke 1:46-55. Picture the scene, a young girl (estimated to be as young as 14 by some experts) who just found out she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So many questions must whirl around in her mind. I am not married, what will Joseph think? What will my friends and family think? Do I want the responsibility to raise such a unique child, or am I even qualified? 

The Christmas story announces our King’s arrival, but it also demonstrates the depth of faith for each participant. Click To Tweet

Mary’s faith becomes evident in the first words uttered after the announcement, “46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Her faith in these circumstances astonishes me. I don’t believe this would be my first reaction. I think I might be more like Sarah when the angels said she would be pregnant in her old age, and she laughed in disbelief (Genesis 18:12).

Joseph’s Faith

Although we don’t have a lot of information about Joseph’s response to the news, his faith is still evident. As Mary explained the situation to Joseph, we learn he did not want to expose Mary to public shame, so he decided to send her away privately (Matthew 1:19-21). Did Joseph believe in Mary’s story? Later on, an angel also appears to Joseph to confirm the news, and he decided to still take Mary as his wife. Joseph’s deep faith in God allowed him to believe in a virgin conception even when none had occurred in all of history. Joseph believed in the Old Testament words of Isaiah 7:14, “Behold! The virgin will conceive and will give birth to a son, and they will call his name ‘Immanuel.’” I pray for such a faith as his.

Joseph’s deep faith in God allowed him to believe in a virgin conception even when none had occurred in all of history. Click To Tweet

More Faith

And then there are the other characters in this story. The wise men whose faith drove them forward on a long journey for many years, to see this newborn King. They wanted to worship Him and present Him with gifts. Would my faith be profound enough to follow a star for an extended period? We also see the shepherds in the fields, tending their flocks. They leave everything behind because of the words of a choir of angels. Their faith propels them onward to see the babe in a manger. Would my faith be blind to see the angels?

Going Deeper

The Christmas story announces our King’s arrival, but it also demonstrates the depth of faith for each participant. Their faith teaches me to keep my mind open to the mysterious works of our Lord. The baby in the manger will lead me to the cross of salvation and teach me to believe in miracles, all in hopes of growing my faith. I pray that we can learn to be more faithful, like the players in the Christmas story. Join me next week as we look at the lesson of hope from the birth of Jesus.

Prayer

Heavenly Father. Thank you for the lessons of faith we learn for the birth of Jesus. Help us to seek this kind of deep faith so that we may follow after you all the days of our lives. Teach us your ways. Forgive us for the times we make Christmas about us instead of about the gift of Your Son, our Savior. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Blessings,

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39 thoughts on “Christmas Lesson – Faith

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Thank you for this message. Too often, we get caught up in the “to do” lists and “busyness” of the season. This is a great reminder of love and faith found in Jesus. Merry Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Merry Christmas my dear friend. May we all find the time to set by the manger this year and renew our faith. God bless.

  2. I love to read posts such as this. The Biblical characters were real people who thought and acted as we our fellow humans so. It’s to take a closer look into their lives.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We forget that sometimes. We picture them as actors on a stage. But, they struggled and questioned what was happening around them. We learn so much from them but most importantly, they were just regular people like us. Thanks June and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I do that all the time too. No worries

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Candice. Thanks and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It does mine too. Her reaction is so beautiful. I can’t even imagine how I would react. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  3. Janice D. Green – South Carolina – Janice D. Green writes Bible storybooks. She is the author and illustrator of The Creation, a Bible storybook illustrated with hand-appliqued quilt pictures. Her second book is The First Christmas. Janice is passionate about reaching young families with the message of the Bible through her Bible storybooks, her blogs, and Bible quilts. She is a retired elementary school librarian. Read her blog posts at: www.honeycombadventures.com www.hiswhisperings.com www.biblebites4teens.com www.biblebites4you.com
    Janice D. Green

    I like how you bring it home to see the faith each of the individuals had to cling to in the Christmas story.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Janice. Sometimes we overlook how much faith it took for the events of birth took. Thanks so much for commenting. God bless.

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    This examination of faith when compiled altogether brings to the fore the many examples of faith in action provided by all of the participants in the Christmas story. They believed what God had told them, and they moved, taking actions, even if it meant journeying a thousand miles or believing a fiance who is pregnant, but not by another man. Faith was required of them. Their faith is an inspiration to us, for we, too, are called to step out in faith and obedience to the Lord. A great post, Yvonne! I love your series, so I look forward to the rest!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Melinda. Their faith is such an inspiration to me for sure. I can’t imagine what my reaction would be in similar situations. I pray God gives us an all consuming faith. God bless.

  5. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, your retelling of this precious story touched my heart deeply. Thank you for walking us through the scriptures and reminding us of the great faith of the people involved. How easily we skip over that part and it is truly foundational to God’s plans unfolding. Simple, deep faith in God and His Word. Oh Lord, may I have this kind of faith!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I pray we all find that kind of faith. With deep faith comes an incredible life lived for God. Thanks for commenting Melissa and God bless.

  6. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    I think it is a great idea to focus on the different aspects of the Christmas story, and Faith is one of the best.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa. As we dig into the stories of the Bible, we find so much richness and lessons. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  7. Yvonne, this is a creative way to look at the Christmas story through faith, hope and love. And it’s sure to encourage us, your readers, in these characteristics as well. I pray to magnify the Lord and rejoice in my Savior, to take action when the Lord shows me something as true, and to move forward in believing God is directing me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Karen. We need to find our faith, Hope and Love in every circumstance instead of looking to the world. Thanks and God bless

  8. I love this approach to the Christmas story. Often I have stopped to reflect on the faith that Mary and Joseph had, but I had not given much thought to the faith of the wise men and others. Your reflections give me thoughts about what my faith might look like if I was in this story which makes it all the more real for me. Thank you!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      You are very welcome Meghan. I hope the faith found in the Christmas story continues to encourage you throughout the year ahead. Thanks and God bless.

  9. This is beautiful and just what we all needed right now … to focus on the true reason of the season and look at it through the lens of wonder. Instead of focusing on everything that went wrong this year. I pray for everyone to find their comfort in Jesus this Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I pray for the same thing. May this Christmas renew our faith and give us comfort. Thanks Donna and God bless.

  10. annemarkey1 – Anne likes to live her life for God. As a mother of 3 and married for more than 13 years, she has learned to lean on God during the good, the bad and the ugly. Anne was born on the mission field and has been in one type of service for God ever since. She has done every job from sweeping floors and cleaning bathrooms to organizing women events and even being the main speaker. Anne loves to connect the bible to life today. She has an amazing ability to simplify complex thoughts and make them relatable to any audience. Anne has a passion to see women live for God and to help them serve Him.
    annemarkey1

    Mary and Joseph are an outstanding example of faith. They were scared, but they obeyed. I can learn so much from them.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. I can’t imagine the faith it took for them to follow God. I pray for that kind of faith for each of us. Thanks Anne and God bless.

  11. Yvonne, I love this “different take” on the Christmas story and they way you emphasized the lesson of faith. There are so many characters in this story that had a level of faith that would shock us in today’s world, yet we tend to overlook it. Thanks for bringing it to light. Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      If this story appeared in our world today I am not sure if any of us would believe it. So much faith in this story of the virgin birth. Thanks for commenting Cathy and God bless.

  12. yourprotagonist – Not waiting for my vote to change the world. Local creativity might be significant. Help yourself to your world becoming a better place, and in participating, make yourself a better character in it.
    yourprotagonist

    Thank you, Yvonne. I appreciate the clear retelling of the nativity!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks for visiting. God bless

  13. Paul & Kristie – Nigeria – Authors @ www.paulkristie.com (a blog on Christian living and lifestyle)
    Kristie

    I love this perspective of faith shared. One step of faith can result into great occurences in the future just as Mary and Joseph faith was a stepping stone to the birth of Christ, which we celebrate today.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Exactly Kristie. By just following Christ and saying yes to Him can change the world around us for today and the future. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  14. Summer – Wife and mother. Follower of Christ. Lover of truth. Avid reader. Thoughtful writer. I chose the name "Life is a Vapor" because I am reminded all too often that we are pilgrims on this earth - just passing through. This is not home. So, instead of focusing on the earthly, I'd rather focus on the eternal. In light of this, it is my goal to make every blog post reflect this philosophy.
    Summer

    Sometimes forget just how young Mary was. Most girls would have been terrified under the same circumstances. What faith she had!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I am nearly 60, and I think I would be terrified too. So much faith. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  15. I love this angle of looking at the Christmas story. Yes, the profound faith and trust in God by these different participants in the Christmas story is so encouraging. I agree that Mary, in particular, had such rigorous trust in God. What a wonderful aspect of her character!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      She really is awe inspiring when it comes to her faith. I pray that kind of strength in my faith. Thanks Pam and God bless.

  16. Sheryl Mendoza – Philippines – Amazing, smart, sophisticated and fun!
    Sheryl Mendoza

    Thank you for these wonderful lessons and reminders, Yvonne! Thanks for being a blessing! God bless! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Sheryl. May the Lord bless you and give you a wonderful 2021.

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