Christmas Day is near! We are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior and enjoying time with friends and family.
It’s only 1 WEEK until Christmas: Can you believe it?! Year after year, the holiday season flies by faster than we can say “Season’s Greetings” and leaves us with a deflated feeling of, “Um… What just happened?” It’s easy to get caught up in the blustery blur of the holidays without pausing to consider what’s most important. Though the gift giving, the fun, the fellowship and the celebrations are all well-intentioned, they still have the power to distract us from what Christmas is really about.
Colossians 3:1 encourages us to “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is.” Jesus is to be at the center of our thoughts, motivating our actions, characterizing our words and filling our hearts with joy and contentment. When we replace Jesus with earthly things- even good things - we’re left with a shallow happiness that lasts about as long as it takes to unwrap a Christmas gift. Why settle for that, when God offers us something so much better?
In God’s Word we find clarity, wisdom, truth, meaning and life. It’s water to a thirsty soul and satisfaction to a needy heart, and it’s the perfect place to pause amidst the busyness of the Christmas season. Here are 7 verses- one for each day- and suggested questions for you and your family to read and discuss as you countdown to Christmas:
1. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
-What does it mean that the “government will rest” on Jesus’ “shoulders?”
-What do you think about these names for Jesus? Which one is your favorite and why?
2. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
-How did Jesus save us from our sins? What does this mean for us?
3. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
-How do you think you would react if an angel spoke to you?
-Why is Jesus’ birth such “good news?” Why should it give us “great joy?”
4. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
-How does the term “God of hope” make you feel?
-What does it look like to be characterized by joy, peace and hope?
5. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
-Why do you think Jesus left his heavenly home to become human?
-What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean for us?
6. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14
-What does it look like to give glory to God?
-Throughout the story of Jesus’ birth, we hear the word “peace.” Why do you think Jesus’ birth gives us the gift of peace?
7. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
-Why would God give His Son for us? Why is this such good news?