Our 31 day Bible guide begins today. It’s for anyone and everyone. It’s to stimulate using the Bible to enrich our lives and prayers. Each day we post a short Bible verse, followed by a question or two, then we see the Bible passage the verse comes from and offer further thought or prayer.
January 1st: Today’s Bible verse
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
Looking back over the days of Christmas –
What have you heard in the Christmas message that appeals to you? Why do you think this particularly appeals to you?
It may help to have a notebook in which you make a note of your answers to the questions. This helps focus our minds, and is a help to further thought and reflection.
Here is the Bible passage today’s verse comes from: Matthew 1.18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’22All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
When you have read the passage think again about the questions and spend some time in peace and stillness. You may like to say a prayer in your own words expressing some of the thoughts you have had arising from the Bible verse.
whose blessed Son was given the Name that is above every name:
give us grace faithfully to bear his Name,
to worship him in the freedom of the Spirit,
and to proclaim him as the Saviour of the world;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.