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**Below is an excerpt from the Illustrated Faith Advent Devotional Kit written by Allison Pedersen.
As Christmas approaches I know our minds go to all the fun preparations and traditions we love so much. Let’s take a minute before all the craziness of the season begins and consider the preparations that were made before Christ came to earth as that little baby.
Here are a few things to consider, ponder and study over the next few weeks:
His Promise of Peace
In Isaiah 9, we learn about a prophesy concerning a King that is to come who brings with Him a promise of peace. At the time the political climate was unsettled and volatile. A promise of peace would have been highly desirable. Isaiah shares with the people the promise of a Messiah. No one could have fulfilled all of what Isaiah described to its fullness except for the Son of God.
His Humble Heart
Consider all the hype and excitement the prophets created in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. The people expected a Messiah born to a prominent family surrounded by riches and wealth, to them a sign of power. Instead he was born in a filthy barn surrounded by animals and his only visitors were lowly shepherds. Certainly not what the people had expected. They had been promised peace and it would take a powerful man to achieve that, not a poor baby. Little did they know or understand the He was the gift that would not disappoint. Born an unknown infant, he would grow to be the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior of the world.
His Gift of Light
In John 12:46, Jesus says “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” The world is dark because it is alienated from God, but Jesus came to bridge that gap. His birth, life, death, and resurrection allowed us, who were in darkness, to become children of the light. If we have placed our faith in Jesus we are now the bearers of this shadow shattering gift.
His Calling for Us
1 John 1:7 states: “If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” If we walk in the light and have true fellowship with others who are in the light then we have an opportunity this Advent season to show this light to others. Many people are more open to things of God around Christmastime compared to the rest of the year. This Advent let your light shine and share the message of the baby who would grow to become the promised Messiah who would rule the world!
Take some time this Advent Season to soak in the Word. The Illustrated Faith Advent Kit and Advent Collection is full of fun, Christmas-themed Bible journaling tools such as stickers, stamps, washi tape and more. Breathe in the Christmas story as you create personal, meaningful artwork in your journaling Bible or Praise Book. And, above all else, don’t let the craziness of the season take over your thoughts - remember, this is a celebration of the birth of the one true King.
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Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thess 5:11 CSB