A New Version of An Old Story

A New Version of An Old Story

Well, Christmas is almost here. So let’s take five minutes as a family and read the Christmas story from Luke 2, the part when Jesus was born.

But first, do you know that there are around 900 versions of the Bible? And those are just the English translations! Since the Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, we can’t read the original version. So people translated it to make it more understandable. The main details don’t change, just the words used to describe them. 

This year, try reading Luke 2:1-20 in a brand new translation and ask God to reveal a new part of the story to you. Here are some suggestions (or choose your own!):

The Message

The New English Translation (NET)

The New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Then discuss:

  • What’s one new thing you heard in the story?
  • What surprised you?
  • What confused you?
  • Why do you think there are so many translations?

For a fun challenge, see if you can act out the Christmas story you just read as a family. Find costumes and props … even add some music, if you want!

And remember, if you have friends who aren’t sure how Christmas fits into GOD’S story—the story of how he created the whole world and how he loves us—this is your last chance to get them a copy of God’s Story 365, with a 30% discount. Give them a gift they can use all year long!