“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 9
17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Discuss with your family what the color purple means and why it’s the color chosen for three of the candles in the Advent wreath. Purple stands for royalty, but it also stands for pain and suffering and the death of Jesus on the cross. The importance of Jesus’ royal birth and his death are inseparable. Thus, the purple candle represents two things at the same time.
Once For All | Kathy Page
The atoning sacrifices for sins of the Old Covenant where the blood of bulls and goats was offered were repeated day after day, year after year. When the High Priest went into the Most Holy Place and offered the sacrifice for sins, he offered them for himself as well as for the sins of the people. These sacrifices did not and could not provide perfection. These sacrifices were repetitive and temporary.
The Lord Jesus appeared as foretold by God’s anointed prophets at the consummation of the age of Israel. Jesus, manifested in the flesh, at God’s appointed time would be the Perfect Sacrifice, the once for all sacrifice. He sacrificed for the sins of mankind once for all when He offered Himself with His Holy, Precious, Innocent blood, in His first coming. Work of redemption complete. Just as the Old Covenant people looked forward to that promised Seed of a woman, the Messiah of Israel, Emmanuel, God with us, that 1st coming, we too eagerly await our Messiah’s return, the 2nd time, as the Conquering King!!
As God’s child, I need to know and believe that my sins are forgiven. I need to know and believe that my name is written in heaven. I need to know and believe that death has been defeated. I need to live as someone who has been set free from the captivity of sin. And as this belief grows fuller and stronger in Jesus’ finished work, my heart must yield more and more as a burnt offering in the service of God and His love.
Lord Jesus, thank You for being the perfect sacrifice for my sins and the sins of the world. Because You gave Your life and blood, I am cleansed of sin, made righteous before God, and am given access into the Presence of God the Father. Because of Your sacrifice and my belief in You, I can look forward to spending eternity with You. Amen.
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