Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Advent: Christmas Day


Skill Level: Beginner
Skills Attained: Telling the Christmas Story
Supplies:
  • Wreath
  • Candles: 3 purple, 1 rose, 1 white
  • Bible
  • Jesse Tree Ornaments (or pictures)
  • Chocolate/Candy (optional)
Christmas Day is finally here! Many of us have anticipated this day for weeks, or even months. Today, you will light all five of the Advent candles: 3 purple, 1 rose, and 1 white. The final white candle is the "Christ candle" and represents purity. As difficult as it is to admit sometimes, none of us are perfect. We don't always make the right decisions; our character is flawed; and sometimes we act in a way that hurts others. There is one who is perfect, and his name is Jesus. Though we are not perfect and "our sins are like scarlet", with Jesus, God sees us as "white as snow". (Isaiah 1:18)

Jesus lived an absolutely perfect life so that He could be the perfect sacrifice for all of the ways that we miss the mark. God sent His Son down from heaven to earth as a gift of love for us. God loves us so much, and He wants to be with us. Because God is holy, He cannot be in the presence of sin. So, a sacrifice had to be made. God gave up His Son for us so that we could be with Him. All we have to do is simply believe that Jesus is God's Son who came and died for our sins and rose again. Then, we must allow God to be Lord of our lives -- giving Him control and allowing Him to call the shots.

For some reason Christmas feels different this year. I've put up the same Christmas decorations, and I've made the same types of Christmas goodies. But something is different. Jesus is more apart of the Christmas season to me. I've enjoyed taking the time to reflect on the advent, or coming, of Jesus, and I wait eagerly with anticipation for Jesus's second advent! 

Thank you all who have joined me on this journey over the past four weeks. I hope you have enjoyed reflecting on Jesus's Advent as much as me.


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Merry Christmas!