Advent: Preparing our Hearts for Christmas

The word “advent” means “coming” in Latin. In Christianity, there are two advents, or two “comings” we celebrate: the first coming of Christ in the flesh as a baby to redeem the world, and then His second coming when He will return to judge the world and set up His kingdom.

We have put together 25 days of readings that tell the story of Jesus from Creation through to His birth for you to read each day of the month leading up to Christmas this year. It is truly exciting to see how, from the very beginning, God wove His plan of salvation through Scripture. The readings cover the beginning of sin and the need for a Savior, the promise of God to redeem us from sin, the inclusion of people outside of the Jewish race in the plan of salvation, God’s covenant to redeem his people continuing through generations despite man’s forgetfulness and sin, Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, and finally, the arrival of Emmanuel on what we celebrate as Christmas Day.

Each day, read the passages from Scripture, and, if you would like to, write a short journal response to what you have read. Feel free to share anything you find that you love on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/firstbaptistnavarrewomen/

“Here’s an Advent illustration for kids — and those of us who used to be kids and remember what it was like. Suppose you and your mom get separated in the grocery store, and you start to get scared and panic and don’t know which way to go, and you run to the end of an aisle, and just before you start to cry, you see a shadow on the floor at the end of the aisle that looks just like your mom. It makes you really happy and you feel hope. But which is better? The happiness of seeing the shadow, or having your mom step around the corner and it’s really her?

That’s the way it is when Jesus comes to be our High Priest. That’s what Christmas is. Christmas is the replacement of shadows with the real thing.”
― John Piper

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12/1 – “The Light in Creation” – Genesis 1-2, John 1:1-4, 17:5,24; Colossians 1:16,17 and Psalm 150

12/2 – “The First Sin” – Genesis 3, John 1:8-10; Isaiah 59:2, 53:6

12/3 – “Inside the Ark” – Genesis 5 – 9:17, Romans 6:23, Joshua 23:14

12/4 – “The Call to Abram” – Genesis 12:1-7, Hebrews 11:8, Matthew 1:1

12/5 – “Isaac and the Lamb” – Genesis 22:1-19; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:19

12/6 – “Jacob’s Ladder” – Genesis 27:41- Genesis 28:22

12/7 – “Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors” – Genesis 37-50 (focus on 50:18-21), Romans 8:28

12/8 – “Moses and the Ten Commandments” – Exodus 1-15; Exodus 20; 32:15-18; Psalm 119:11; Galatians 3:19

12/9 – “Canaan, the Promised Land of Blessings” – Numbers 13-14:38; 24:17: Psalm 103:2

12/10 – “Ruth and Boaz” – Ruth 1-4, Matthew 1:5

12/11 – “King David” – 1 Samuel 16-17

12/12 – “Josiah Finds the Law” – 2 Kings 22-23:25; Psalm 119:105

12/13 – “Prophecy of Shoot from the Stump of Jesse” – Isaiah 11:1-5,10; John1:14; 1 Samuel 16:1-3, Revelation 5:5

12/14 – “Prophecy of the Lion and Lamb Resting Together” -Isaiah 11:6-10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 21:1-7; Philippians 2:9-11

12/15 – “Prophecy of the Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:2-7; John 14:27

12/16 – “Prophecy of a Gentle Shepherd” – Isaiah 40:9-11; Psalm 23; John 10:27; John 10:11-16

12/17 – “Prophecy of the Suffering Servant” – Isaiah 53; John 19:11-18; John 10:15; Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 5:9-10; 1 Peter 1:1;19

12/18 – “Prophecy of the New Covenant” – Jeremiah 31:31-34; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Hebrews 8-10

12/19 – “Prophecy of Bethlehem” – Micah 5:2-4; Luke 2:1-7

12/20 – “The Exile” – 2 Kings 17:1-23; 25:1-17; Daniel 3; Isaiah 43:2; Jeremiah 1:8

12/21 – “The Return to the Land” – Ezra 1; Nehemiah 6:15-16; Malachi 3:1; Revelation 22:20

12/22 – “The Star” – Matthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16; 2 Peter 1:19

12/23 – “The Light of the World” – Luke 1:26-56; 2:21-33; John 1:4-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Isaiah 42:6; John 8:12; Revelation 21:23-24; Isaiah 60:1, 3

12/24 – “Angels Proclaiming the Coming of Christ” – Luke 2:8-14, Hebrews 1:1-14, Psalm 91:11

12/25 – “The Birth of Jesus” – Luke 2, 19:10; John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 8:9

*Verses taken from The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas by Dean Meador Lambert)

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