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Christmas Lesson – Faith

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We read the Biblical accounts of His birth in a lowly manger in a town far from home and all that happened on that unforgettable night. We rejoice at the fulfillment of the prophecies of the birth of a baby that would save the world. I think most of us are very familiar with the story of Christmas as found in the Bible. In case some are not sure of where to find this in the Bible, the text can be found here (Luke 2:1-20). But what lesson about faith can we learn from this story?

Faith, Hope & Love at Christmas

I wanted to do a Christmas blog series using a different angle to study some of the lessons we can learn from Christ’s birth. For the next couple of weeks, we will look at the story of Christmas through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” For today’s blog, we will look at faith’s role in this story.

Christmas Faith


Earlier in Luke, we find the story of when the angel appeared to Mary to announce her role in the birth of Jesus. Mary’s response to the angel (called the Magnificat) appears in Luke 1:46-55. Picture the scene, a young girl (estimated to be as young as 14 by some experts) who just found out she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So many questions must whirl around in her mind. I am not married, what will Joseph think? What will my friends and family think? Do I want the responsibility to raise such a unique child, or am I even qualified? 


Mary’s faith becomes evident in the first words uttered after the announcement, “46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Her faith in these circumstances astonishes me. I don’t believe this would be my first reaction. I think I might be more like Sarah when the angels said she would be pregnant in her old age, and she laughed in disbelief (Genesis 18:12).

Joseph’s Faith

Although we don’t have a lot of information about Joseph’s response to the news, his faith is still evident. As Mary explained the situation to Joseph, we learn he did not want to expose Mary to public shame, so he decided to send her away privately (Matthew 1:19-21). Did Joseph believe in Mary’s story? Later on, an angel also appears to Joseph to confirm the news, and he decided to still take Mary as his wife. Joseph’s deep faith in God allowed him to believe in a virgin conception even when none had occurred in all of history. Joseph believed in the Old Testament words of Isaiah 7:14, “Behold! The virgin will conceive and will give birth to a son, and they will call his name ‘Immanuel.’” I pray for such a faith as his.

More Faith


And then there are the other characters in this story. The wise men whose faith drove them forward on a long journey for many years, to see this newborn King. They wanted to worship Him and present Him with gifts. Would my faith be profound enough to follow a star for an extended period? We also see the shepherds in the fields, tending their flocks. They leave everything behind because of the words of a choir of angels. Their faith propels them onward to see the babe in a manger. Would my faith be blind to see the angels?

Going Deeper

The Christmas story announces our King’s arrival, but it also demonstrates the depth of faith for each participant. Their faith teaches me to keep my mind open to the mysterious works of our Lord. The baby in the manger will lead me to the cross of salvation and teach me to believe in miracles, all in hopes of growing my faith. I pray that we can learn to be more faithful, like the players in the Christmas story. Join me next week as we look at the lesson of hope from the birth of Jesus.


Heavenly Father. Thank you for the lessons of faith we learn for the birth of Jesus. Help us to seek this kind of deep faith so that we may follow after you all the days of our lives. Teach us your ways. Forgive us for the times we make Christmas about us instead of about the gift of Your Son, our Savior. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 


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This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. mimionlife

    Thank you for this message. Too often, we get caught up in the “to do” lists and “busyness” of the season. This is a great reminder of love and faith found in Jesus. Merry Christmas!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Merry Christmas my dear friend. May we all find the time to set by the manger this year and renew our faith. God bless.

  2. June Foster

    I love to read posts such as this. The Biblical characters were real people who thought and acted as we our fellow humans so. It’s to take a closer look into their lives.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      We forget that sometimes. We picture them as actors on a stage. But, they struggled and questioned what was happening around them. We learn so much from them but most importantly, they were just regular people like us. Thanks June and God bless.

  3. June Foster

    I’m sorry for those typos. I noticed them when it was too late.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I do that all the time too. No worries 😉

  4. Candice Brown

    Thank you for spotlighting the faith of the eyewitnesses to the incarnation. Immanuel- God with us!

  5. Jessica Brodie

    I love Mary’s reaction and her song when she learns she is to be the mother of God. That sticks in my heart so powerfully!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It does mine too. Her reaction is so beautiful. I can’t even imagine how I would react. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  6. Janice D. Green

    I like how you bring it home to see the faith each of the individuals had to cling to in the Christmas story.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Janice. Sometimes we overlook how much faith it took for the events of birth took. Thanks so much for commenting. God bless.

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman

    This examination of faith when compiled altogether brings to the fore the many examples of faith in action provided by all of the participants in the Christmas story. They believed what God had told them, and they moved, taking actions, even if it meant journeying a thousand miles or believing a fiance who is pregnant, but not by another man. Faith was required of them. Their faith is an inspiration to us, for we, too, are called to step out in faith and obedience to the Lord. A great post, Yvonne! I love your series, so I look forward to the rest!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Melinda. Their faith is such an inspiration to me for sure. I can’t imagine what my reaction would be in similar situations. I pray God gives us an all consuming faith. God bless.

  8. Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, your retelling of this precious story touched my heart deeply. Thank you for walking us through the scriptures and reminding us of the great faith of the people involved. How easily we skip over that part and it is truly foundational to God’s plans unfolding. Simple, deep faith in God and His Word. Oh Lord, may I have this kind of faith!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I pray we all find that kind of faith. With deep faith comes an incredible life lived for God. Thanks for commenting Melissa and God bless.

  9. Lisa Quintana

    I think it is a great idea to focus on the different aspects of the Christmas story, and Faith is one of the best.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa. As we dig into the stories of the Bible, we find so much richness and lessons. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  10. karentfriday

    Yvonne, this is a creative way to look at the Christmas story through faith, hope and love. And it’s sure to encourage us, your readers, in these characteristics as well. I pray to magnify the Lord and rejoice in my Savior, to take action when the Lord shows me something as true, and to move forward in believing God is directing me.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Karen. We need to find our faith, Hope and Love in every circumstance instead of looking to the world. Thanks and God bless

  11. Meghan

    I love this approach to the Christmas story. Often I have stopped to reflect on the faith that Mary and Joseph had, but I had not given much thought to the faith of the wise men and others. Your reflections give me thoughts about what my faith might look like if I was in this story which makes it all the more real for me. Thank you!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      You are very welcome Meghan. I hope the faith found in the Christmas story continues to encourage you throughout the year ahead. Thanks and God bless.

  12. Donna Miller

    This is beautiful and just what we all needed right now … to focus on the true reason of the season and look at it through the lens of wonder. Instead of focusing on everything that went wrong this year. I pray for everyone to find their comfort in Jesus this Christmas!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I pray for the same thing. May this Christmas renew our faith and give us comfort. Thanks Donna and God bless.

  13. annemarkey1

    Mary and Joseph are an outstanding example of faith. They were scared, but they obeyed. I can learn so much from them.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. I can’t imagine the faith it took for them to follow God. I pray for that kind of faith for each of us. Thanks Anne and God bless.

  14. Cathy McIntosh

    Yvonne, I love this “different take” on the Christmas story and they way you emphasized the lesson of faith. There are so many characters in this story that had a level of faith that would shock us in today’s world, yet we tend to overlook it. Thanks for bringing it to light. Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      If this story appeared in our world today I am not sure if any of us would believe it. So much faith in this story of the virgin birth. Thanks for commenting Cathy and God bless.

  15. yourprotagonist

    Thank you, Yvonne. I appreciate the clear retelling of the nativity!

  16. Kristie

    I love this perspective of faith shared. One step of faith can result into great occurences in the future just as Mary and Joseph faith was a stepping stone to the birth of Christ, which we celebrate today.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Exactly Kristie. By just following Christ and saying yes to Him can change the world around us for today and the future. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  17. Summer

    Sometimes forget just how young Mary was. Most girls would have been terrified under the same circumstances. What faith she had!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I am nearly 60, and I think I would be terrified too. So much faith. Thanks for commenting and God bless.

  18. Pam Morrison

    I love this angle of looking at the Christmas story. Yes, the profound faith and trust in God by these different participants in the Christmas story is so encouraging. I agree that Mary, in particular, had such rigorous trust in God. What a wonderful aspect of her character!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      She really is awe inspiring when it comes to her faith. I pray that kind of strength in my faith. Thanks Pam and God bless.

  19. Sheryl Mendoza

    Thank you for these wonderful lessons and reminders, Yvonne! Thanks for being a blessing! God bless! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Sheryl. May the Lord bless you and give you a wonderful 2021.

  20. Sheryl Mendoza

    Same to you, Yvonne! Blessings!

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