Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 19: Praise Jesus, our Savior : Friday, Dec. 3, 2004
December 3 2004 by Robert Hunter

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 19: Praise Jesus, our Savior : Friday, Dec. 3, 2004
Friday, Dec. 3, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 19: Praise Jesus, our Savior

By Robert Hunter
Focal Passage: Luke 2:8-20

It is approaching Christmas and many people associate this time with a baby and a manger, as they rightly should. But, there seems to be less and less association of this grand birthday with any daily impact on our lives. We easily think about vacations and gifts, family gatherings and parties, plays and trees.

What about the hope that is announced to us by the first Christmas messengers? What about the praise that is offered to us on that first Christmas? This day, in fact the whole season, is filled with reasons for hope and praise.

Praise Him for His salvation

Luke 2:8-12

A significant Greek word used here for "all people" in verse 10 is laos, from which we get our word laity. The idea is that this Savior is for all people who accept the provision. In other words this gift is available to all people who will receive it.

Suppose this Christmas that you decided to refuse all the gifts offered to you. You would lay them at your feet and not open them. How much would you benefit from such action? You would not benefit. You have to open the gift and receive it to enjoy its effect.

The same is true of Christ, whom you must receive in order to gain any benefit.

The gift He offers is not a temporal gift that will soon wear out. It is the gift of salvation that has eternal dimensions. Accept Christ as your Savior. If you will receive or if you have already received then you can praise Him for His provision of salvation.

Praise Him for His peace

Luke 2:13-14

Note also that a provision of peace is offered to the people of God. We are a people who say we long for peace but seem to spend much of our time in conflict. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost in Vietnam. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost in Korea. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost in World War II. We have yet to determine other loses. When will all this end? When will we come to our senses?

The angels tell us the answer in this passage. In verse 14 they tell us that peace will happen when we give glory to God. Have you ever wondered why treaties don't last and why summits fail? There is a conditional clause to peace. We must give glory to God in the highest.

Let's spend this Christmas praising God for who He is and for the provisions He has provided for us, for His peace. That would be the greatest thing we could do this season and would finally begin to bring the world to its senses. Let's praise God for His peace.

Praise Him for His coming

Luke 2:15-20

The provision of salvation and the provision of peace would not be available were it not for His coming. Everything we are or ever hope to be hinges on that moment that God took the form of a baby and entered our world. The Messiah had come, even to those who were despised. They demonstrated the proper response, one that we must recreate in each of our own lives. They took immediate action upon hearing such good news.

The shepherds were informed that the baby was to be found in a manger in Bethlehem so they went to find out about this person. They went to worship and offer all that they were. They went to praise God for His coming.

We need to offer to God, we must offer to Him, the praises He deserves. Let our greatest gifts to each other and our families this season be offers of proper praise for our Savior. We have good news to share with the rest of the world. We need to be bold in its proclamation.

I heard at a General Board meeting that in 365 days 2.3 million Americans will die without Christ. We must tell them that Christ was born for them. He has provided the salvation they need. He has provided the peace they long for. Then they too can praise Him for His coming.

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