December 19, 2018

2 Chronicles 22:10–12 (NLT) — 10 When Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, learned that her son was dead, she began to destroy the rest of Judah’s royal family. 11 But Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king’s children, who were about to be killed. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom. In this way, Jehosheba, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid the child so that Athaliah could not murder him. 12 Joash remained hidden in the Temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

There are a lot of names in these two verses beginning with the letter J. The name that I want you to remember is the name Jehosheba. Why, because she is the lady who saved Christmas. You see God had made a promise to David that someone from his family would always be on the throne of Judah and then Jesus would be born from that lineage.

2 Samuel 7:16 (NLT) — 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’ ”

Psalm 89:36 (NLT) — 36 His dynasty will go on forever; his kingdom will endure as the sun.

When Athaliah started destroying Judah’s royal family it looked like God wouldn’t be able to keep his promise. God’s promise was hanging by a thread or by a baby boy. If Joash was killed the promise to David would be broken and Jesus wouldn’t be born. But no matter how bleak things may look God always keeps his promises. He didn’t do anything spectacular like strike Athaliah with a bolt of lightning or turn her into a pillar of salt, He just had his servant Jehosheba in place. Jehosheba probably didn’t even realize how significant her act of service was to the kingdom of God. I don’t believe her name ever gets mentioned again in scripture except that it was also recorded in 2 Kings 11.

As servants of the Lord we have the privilege of saving Christmas everyday. You see as a Christian parent you have the responsibility of serving as prophet, priest, and king in your home, your little church if you will. As prophet you get to teach the word of the Lord to your children thereby saving Christmas for them. As priest you wrestle in prayer over them and you get to lead them to Jesus, again saving Christmas for them. As king you rule over them with proper godly discipline and protection, all the while saving Christmas for them. Like Jehosheba serving in God’s kingdom matters.

The most spectacular thing God may ever do in your family is to have you there. You are God’s servant in the right place at the right time. Don’t ever forget that you matter. You have the job of Saving Christmas!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

I want to thank pastor Dale Ralph Davis for the seed for today’s blog.


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    God always has a plan. He knows the future and we can always trust in His plan. This is one more example from the Word showing us that God is faithful and His promises are true.