December 15 – Advent Study Day 16

“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)

Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.

Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Advent Study Day 16

John 12:45-46

45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Discussion/Activity Ideas

As you light the two purple candles in your Advent wreath today, discuss how the candlelight represents that Jesus is the Light of the World. Gather two pieces of heavy cardboard and a flashlight. Use a table knife to poke a tiny hole through one of the pieces of cardboard and a large hole through the other piece. Go into a dark room and place the cardboard with the tiny hole against the flashlight’s beam then the cardboard with the bigger hole against the flashlight’s beam. Compare this glimmer of light from the small hole to the glimpse of God that those in the Old Testament may have had, and the light from the bigger hole as what we get to see of the Father through Jesus. Finally show the whole beam of light from the flashlight and compare that to Jesus’ coming and our being with the Father.

SOAP Note

A Portrait of God | Kathy Page

Scripture

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

Observation

Lord Jesus is our dazzling and eternal DayStar, and He is the Light of Life in whom we have received forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. The glorious love of God has been poured into the very person of Jesus for He is the exact representation of the invisible God.  God has given us a display, a picture, a representation of His glory, His Son, Jesus Christ.  To look into the face of Jesus is to see God.

The illuminating light of God’s sufficiency and knowledge, His wisdom, grace, truth and power, is reflected in the face of Jesus. The very Creator who spoke the world into being and commanded the light to shine forth with the strength of His voice, has shone into our hearts and has given us the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus.

Application

I should treasure the Light I have within my heart. My actions should reflect His love, His compassion and His forgiveness.  I need to remember that no matter where I am, what I am doing, or however dark my path is, I have the Light of the Word indwelling me, and He will keep me in perfect peace when my mind is focused on Him.  My responsibility as His child is to live my life transformed by the Word and inward presence of Jesus.   As He shines within me, it reflects out to all those He puts in my path.

Prayer

Father, thank You for the Light You have given me in the face of Jesus, my Savior.  Without the shining light of Jesus within, I would continue to wallow in the darkness of the world.   May the Light of Your truth, love and compassion, shine in and reflect from me the glories of Jesus so that You are glorified in all that I say and do, and people will see You in me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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