Out of Nazareth

Out of Nazareth

The Christmas story begins with the forced migration of a poor Jewish carpenter and his pregnant wife. These innocent victims of a corrupt political system were forced to deliver their baby in a stable where the Savior entered the world as a displaced person. Join us for week two of Christmas in Exile as we see how God uses the weak, poor, and even the corrupt of this world to accomplish His purpose of bringing peace on earth.

Passage:

Luke 2:1-24

Principle:

Exile is evidence that we live in a fallen world.

Exiles are marginalized, but God specializes in using marginalized people.

Jesus, who was rich, became poor to ransom us from exile.

Practice:

Spend less so you can give more this Christmas.

Daily Readings:

Use this chronological reading of the Christmas story for your personal quiet time or with friends and/or family through Advent.

Day 1: Isaiah 11
Day 2: Leviticus 12
Day 3: 2 Corinthians 8
Day 4: Luke 1:26-45
Day 5: Luke 1:46-80
Day 6: Luke 2:1-14
Day 7: Luke 2:8-21

Suggested Resources:

Welcoming the Stranger, by Matthew Soerens & Jenny Hwang
Undaunted, by Zoya Phan
From Every People and Nation, by J. Daniel Hays
The Music of Christmas, by Gary & Sheri Webber
Saving Christmas series (2019)