Daily Archives: December 2, 2018
“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 3
37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Advent officially starts today. Purple is the traditional color for the Advent season. In the time of Christ, purple was a royal color because purple dye was rare and hard to obtain. The color reminds us that the birth of Christ was a royal entrance for the King. Discuss how Jesus came into the world as a baby, even though He was the King. Throughout this week, light one of the purple candles in your Advent wreath when you gather for a meal.
Jesus is King | Marianne Toovey
John 18:37, Hebrews 1:3b
This is kind of a ‘before and after’ of Jesus’ reign as king. First, in John Jesus is being accused of claiming to be an earthly king, which he shuts down. Jesus wasn’t sent to reign on earth, he was sent to reign in heaven. In Hebrews, we get to see that Jesus has taken his rightful place.
Christmas is only the beginning. It’s the beginning of a wonderful story that starts with a humble birth, an unpopular ministry, a brutal and undeserved death, and a resurrection that will save all who choose to believe. Why was this story written? Because God loved us enough to lose everything in exchange for our gain. And one day, I too will be in heaven with King Jesus.
God, I know the true meaning of the season, but I rarely take the time to stop and actually think about it. This birth that I’m preparing to celebrate, the second arrival I’m expecting are often just “things” to me. But it’s very real and it’s very amazing. Please help me not to lose sight of that this year. Help me to really get it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.