December 3, 10, 17, 24
The holidays have a way of making us think back to the past. The traditions we had growing up. Memories of Christmases past. A connection to days gone by. The same is true for Jesus' birth. It was not a brand new, unexpected event. Rather, it was connected to the beautiful and hope-giving prophecies of the Old Testament. This series explores some of the most powerful prophecies that pointed ahead to Jesus' birth, life, death, and purpose.
November 26 - Earliest Memories
Jesus first “appears” in a promise made to two of history’s biggest failures, Adam and Eve. Although their doubt and sin brought death, pain, and frustration into our world, God made them the oldest promise of all, a promise to crush the Devil and his accusations. We might feel like failures too, especially around the Christmas season. Maybe we didn’t keep our promises to God or our resolutions to be better people. But God’s old school promise still stands.
December 3 - With Us
One of the magical things about Christmas is being with people. From family celebrations to work parties to special services, we tend to gather with others who bring us laughter and joy (hopefully!). But the greatest part of Christmas is knowing that God is with us. The virgin gave birth to a child and called him Immanuel.
December 10 - Christmas Lights
Some of us remember driving around town to check out the lights. In the midst of the dark season of winter, lights wow and impress us and bring joy to our hearts. Jesus did the same thing. Isaiah promised that those living in the land of the shadow of death would see a dawning light. Jesus is wonderful, a counselor, a perfect father who never leaves, a king over all governments, and so much more.
December 17 - Reunited
Christmas can be painful if people are far apart. Holidays are hard for the separated and divorced and for families whose bonds have been ripped apart by sin. But Jeremiah promised that Jesus would be “our righteousness,” the gift that makes our relationship with God right.
December 24 - Sleep In Heavenly Peace
There is little peace on planet earth. The headlines, now here at home, rob us of our peace and make us fear for the future. But Micah promised the baby born in little Bethlehem would have great power. His love would allow us to live securely and he would become our peace.