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The word Advent means arrival, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. The “Advent season” usually starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ’s birth. Some churches emphasize the Advent season more than others, but all Christians look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth during this season of the year.

 

Why is Jesus’ birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches. Take time between now and Christmas to reflect on this great truth.

 

Week 1

 

Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
 (AMP)

 

 

1. Wonderful.

When He did His many miracles, the Scripture says, “The people wondered.” (Luke 11:14)

And [at another time] Jesus was casting out a demon, and it was [controlling a man so as to make him] mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds were awed.

 

2. Counselor.

The officers said, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46)

The guards replied, “Never [at any time] has a man talked the way this Man talks!”

 

3. Mighty God.

He is the God-Man. He said that He and the Father are one. (John 10:30)

I and the Father are One [in essence and nature].”

 

4. Everlasting Father.

It was by Him, the living Word, that all things were created. He is the designer of the whole

universe. (John 1:3;)

 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.

(Hebrews 11:3)

By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

 

5. Prince of Peace.

There will never be lasting peace on earth until He comes again to reign in righteousness. But He is also the Prince of Peace in other ways. None can have peace with God apart from Him and the peace that He made through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20)

and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven.

 

The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow and meet any temptation.

How has Jesus shown you recently that He is “Wonderful, Counselor … the Prince of Peace”?

 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Week 2

 

 

Matthew 1:19-21: Her fiancé,[a] Joseph, was a righteous man full of integrity and he didn’t want to disgrace her, but when he learned of her pregnancy he secretly planned to break the engagement.[b] 20 While he was still debating with himself about what to do,[c] he fell asleep and had a supernatural dream. An angel from the Lord appeared to him in clear light and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t hesitate to take Mary into your home as your wife,[d] because the power of the Holy Spirit has conceived a child in her womb. 21 She will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Savior,’[e] for he is destined to give his life[f] to save his people from their sins.” (TPT)

 

—We’re given just a little glimpse of Mary and Joseph before Jesus was born. They lived in the hill country of Galilee. Joseph was a religious man. Mary gives every evidence of having a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, even though she was a teenager. The Bible teaches that God was so pleased with her that He chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Mary and Joseph weren’t married, and yet Mary became pregnant.

 

I’ve often put myself in Joseph’s place—imagined his thoughts, his aspirations about the girl to whom he was engaged. But Joseph decided to break the engagement privately.

 

While he was thinking about these things, God’s angel appeared to him in a dream to give Joseph an explanation of the situation. All Joseph’s suspicions were put away. He accepted what God had said through the angel, and he was immediately married to Mary.

 

Both Joseph and Mary followed the call and plan of God, and through their obedience the way was prepared for Christ to come and bless us.

 

Are you seeking to follow God’s call on your life? Are you actively responding to Him?

 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Week 3:

 

Luke 2:8-10:  An Angelic Encounter
8 That night, in a field[a] near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! 10 But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! 
(TPT)

 

 

On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th-century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep.


The sheep were those bound for the temple sacrifices. The shepherds were outcasts because of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances. And their manner of life rendered legal observances unlikely, if not absolutely impossible.


How wonderful that in God’s wisdom and love the angels should appear to them—the doomed and the outcast—that night.


Today we can declare to the world that the Good Shepherd cares for all people and wants to give them peace. Christ came on that first Christmas for one great purpose—to die on the cross for our sins. Now God offers forgiveness, inner peace and eternal life to all who will repent and believe in His Son. This is the Christmas message!


Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness? Will you share the true Christmas message with them this year?

 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

 


 

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Now, more than ever we need the presence of our Lord and Saviour in our lives. He will see us through this, calling some home. Have faith in Him and trust that His plans for us are loving and kind. 

 

*As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord*

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14 hours ago, Mission Mouse said:

Now, more than ever we need the presence of our Lord and Saviour in our lives. He will see us through this, calling some home. Have faith in Him and trust that His plans for us are loving and kind. 

 

*As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord*

He is so good! Always!

 

Amen! I have that scripture at my front door 

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Week 4


 Luke 2:11, 13-14.: 11: For today in Bethlehem[a] a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. 12 You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!”  (TPT)

 

13 Then all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing:

14 “Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven!
    For there is peace[a] and a good hope given to the sons of men.”

 

The greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels on this historic night. It has always been interesting to me that this message was delivered at night. It wasn’t night because the sun had gone down. It was night because the world was surrounded in spiritual and moral gloom.

 

People were driven by greed, intolerance and lust for power. Religion had become a device for the rich in the exploitation of the poor. Men robbed and swindled and profiteered under the cloak of religion; they even fought wars in the name of religion. In every arena of life, it was night when Jesus came.

 

Things haven’t changed. Today, there seems to be a moral night that has settled over our world—sexual immorality, pleasure-mad people, lusting for money and power—the same as it was in the days when Jesus came 2,000 years ago.

 

It is in the darkest hour that Christ often comes. He brings the joy, the thrill, the peace and the glory such as you have never known—when you and your loved ones give your lives to Him.

 

How has Jesus shown Himself to you in your darkest hour? Reflect on this for Christmas.

 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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