What will children 100 years from now in history class learn about the year 2020? Disappointment? Or new opportunity? We can ask the same questions about Christmas. And there’s good news.

Notes And Next Steps

Luke 1, Matthew 1 + Part 1 of the series “The Christmas Option"

Our world has been a bit protected from the harsh realities of the real Christmas.

There was—and is—a Christmas option.

Mary was greatly troubled. (Luke 1:29)

“I am the Lord’s servant … My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” (Luke 1:47,49)

[Joseph] did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24)

[Elizabeth] was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41)

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” (Luke 1:45)



        1. POLL: Would you rather receive a snow-cone machine or battle drones for Christmas?
        2. INSPIRATION FROM OTHERS: Listen to the story of my friend, Jim. How could he and his wife have better prepared? Why hadn’t they?
        3. PREPARE THE WAY: Are you familiar with the season of Advent? What are some traditions? Read Luke 3:4-6. How might these words prepare our world for CHRISTmas?