SCRIPTURE TO READ
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE READINGS (OPTIONAL)
- My First Hands On Bible, (pages 226-231)
- Jesus Storybook Bible, “The King of All Kings” (pages 192-199)
- Gospel Story Bible, (pages 160-161)
- Big Picture Story Bible, (pages 229-241)
Today we light the candle of JOY, mindful of the joy the one born in Bethlehem brings to any and all who will believe in him as Savior and King.
In the advent of Christ we find JOY.
Light the candle of Joy
Jesus, thank you for being the Good King. Thank you for protecting us and providing for us. Help me to worship you with joy.
Father, thank you for being the Good King. Help us live as obedient citizens in your Kingdom. May we find joy in worshipping you and may we joyfully offer our gifts and treasures to you.