Category: Advent: The Journey to Christmas

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 25

The Light Has Come Christmas is here! It’s time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ—the Light of the World! In the first act of Creation in Genesis, God spoke and light was immediately separated from darkness. But it wasn’t long before Adam and Eve chose to sin, and God’s presence, His light, […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 24

Pursuit Leads to Growth Luke 2:40 tells us that when Jesus was a child, Mary and Joseph brought Him to the Temple in Jerusalem to present Him to God and honor the laws of the Lord. We then read that Jesus grew, became strong, was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 23

King, God, and Savior In Matthew 2:11, the Magi bring Jesus three famous gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Did you know these gifts have special significance in the Old Testament and reflect the One they came to worship? Gold represents royalty in Psalm 72:15, and the gift of gold affirmed Jesus as the King of […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 22

God’s Heart For The Whole World Magi were known to be astrologers, which explains why God used a star to guide them to Jesus. He knew how He could get their attention. As astrologers, it’s very possible the Wise Men we include in our nativities at Christmas were sorcerers who interpreted omens and signs to […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 21

The Wait Is Worth It Luke 2:25-32 tells the story of Simeon, a man who had received a promise from God that he would see the Messiah before he passed away. Simeon lived his whole life waiting for God to fulfill this promise, and he can teach us something about patience and perseverance. Scripture says […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 20

Store It Up There’s a moment in the midst of the busyness of the Christmas night when the Bible notes that, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Picture Mary taking a step back and soaking up every detail. Her baby boy had arrived. Joseph was still by her side. […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 19

Faith Without Hesitation Think of a time when you heard from God, whether it was a promise, a confirmation, or a conviction. What was your immediate response? Did you act on what He said, or did you sit and ponder whether it was really His voice? Maybe you were sure you heard what He said […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 18

The Amazing Were Amazed Can you imagine what the shepherds experienced when an army of “heavenly hosts” appeared that Christmas night? They were simply tending their sheep in a field, and suddenly: a sky full of angels. It’s likely they had heard of angels, but actually seeing one was probably both terrifying and amazing. Imagine […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 17

Be Faithful In The Small Things God loves to operate differently from the world’s perspective. He doesn’t honor people for the same reasons the world honors them. He values faithfulness over fame and humility over power. On the night of His greatest miracle, instead of revealing it first to kings or world leaders, God sent […]

Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 16

The Business Of Exceeding Expectations Because of prophecy, the Jewish people had anticipated a savior for centuries, and they were expecting a royal king who’d set them free and establish an earthy kingdom. Imagine their surprise and disbelief when they were told their savior was born to a common family in a manager in Bethlehem, […]