12/12/13

The Joy of Christmas: Day Twelve

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ. Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season. We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby. He is so much more than that! We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story. But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on

finding joy in Christ! Click here for more info.

Joy of Christmas: Day Twelve

King Josiah Finds the Law
God's laws and commandments were long lost.  Yet, a simple boy-king arose to power and found them.  When he ordered the priests and people to clean the long-forgotten temple, they found the old scrolls.  Josiah could have left them there.  He could have had them put away.  He could have kept them for himself.  Yet, he commanded that they were read (not just for him) but for the people.  The entire nation came together to hear the reading of the scrolls.  They came to hear God's Word. (2 Kings 22)

Do we leave God's Word on a shelf? Do we open it up once a year to read Luke 2 on Christmas Day?  Or do we treat God's Word as Josiah did? He had the Word read to the people.  He wanted the Word obeyed as well.  Josiah changed things after he had God's Word read.  He cleaned the temple. He tore down the idols.  He established the sacrificial system again.  He obeyed the Word that he had read. 

James 1:22
Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

Do not open your Bible only during this time of year.  The joy of Christmas is that we have God's Word ALL YEAR LONG!  Find a Bible reading plan.  Find a simple devotional.  God's Word is for us to read and obey.  Find Joy in God's Word this Christmas!