Christmas is the time we celebrate the greatest story ever told – the story of a baby sent to earth who would become the Savior. There is no story we could ever read that could replace the account of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.
During the next few weeks, I invite you to join me in reading and re-reading the different accounts of Christ’s birth. It is so easy to quickly skim over them because we’ve read them so many times. Here’s my suggestion to make it fresh this year.
Each week, read one chapter of the account (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2). Each day of that week, read it in a different version. Most of us have multiple versions of the Bible in our homes – KJV, NIV, NKJV, NASB, RSV, ESV… There are so many. If you don’t have multiple versions, simply go to Bible Gateway where you can read the entire Bible online in dozens of versions. (You can also download a free Bible Gateway app if you have a Kindle. I especially like using this app to listen to the Bible being read to me.)
My suggestion is to start this week with Matthew 1. Read it each day in a different version. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to details you have never noticed. Compare the different versions and see how each one might shed a little more light on various passages. Next week read and meditate on Matthew 2. The next week Luke 1 and the last week Luke 2. Rather than attempting to read widely during this Advent season, I encourage you to choose to dig in deep.
May the Lord bless each of us as we read and reflect on the story of the Savior’s birth!
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This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.