God offers peace to all mankind, by removing the obstacle to peace through Jesus.
If someone were reading your story by starting with your family tree, what colorful characters or stories would they come across?
Jesus’s lineage is filled with scandalous acts and unsavory characters, including David and Bathsheba. How does this help or hinder your ability to relate to Jesus, knowing His family background?
Matthew begins his story of Jesus by connecting his lineage to the prophecy that the Messiah would come from the line of David, a prophecy foretold almost 1,000 years before Jesus was born. What does this say about God in terms of His ability to keep His promises? How have you seen God be a promise-keeper in your life recently?
When the angels announced Jesus’s birth, they proclaimed peace on earth—a peace that could only come through Jesus. In what ways have you tried to secure peace for yourself through your own actions or attitudes, apart from Jesus?
Apply the message
What step of faith can you take to enjoy the peace that Jesus has won for you? If you’ve never found peace with God through a relationship with Jesus, is that something you’re prepared to do? If you do have that relationship with Jesus, how can you better receive His peace this Christmas season?