Merry Christmas, and welcome to the first Sunday of the Advent season.
This Advent study is for you, and it is about Jesus. Whatever the month of December looks like for you, wherever you are, whoever you are with or not with, our hope is that you would set aside time every day over the next four weeks to simply open God’s Word and read it. Ask yourself how each Scripture changes the way you look forward to Christmas morning—the advent of Jesus. How does each passage look forward to the Savior or highlight your need for Him? We will have devotionals to help you reflect on each day’s reading, or if you wish to simply read God’s Word and meditate on it alone, you absolutely can! Whatever else may mark this season, let it also be marked as a season of time spent daily with Jesus.
As you may know by now, this year’s Advent plan is titled Jesus Christ Is Born. Every weekday of these four weeks leading up to Christmas Day will focus on one reason Jesus was born in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago. Jesus came to redeem and restore us to God, and He did so by bringing light into a world of darkness, by showing us how to live, and by defeating the enemy once and for all. These are just three of the daily Scripture themes we’ll explore as we read passages from more than twenty books of the Bible. All of Scripture points to Jesus! In these daily readings, we’ll learn that Jesus Christ was born to do what only He could do. Only Immanuel. God with us.
Let’s look to the Lord together today. Let’s lean into an Advent season in the Word of God, building anticipation for Christmas Day as we wait for the God of our salvation.
This Advent is for you. And it is all about Jesus.
This Advent season, we will spend the Sundays leading up to Christmas reflecting on the themes of the four candles lit in traditional Advent services: hope, peace, joy, and love. Advent is a season of joyful anticipation, and these passages remind us of the comfort and delight we find in Immanuel, God with us.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we celebrate the hope we have in Christ. Spend this week memorizing or meditating on Micah 7:7, thanking God for the hope of our salvation.
But I will look to the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.