I’m not sure if you are someone who looks forward to Christmas or not? The pressure to get everything done means that by the time Christmas Day arrives we are often exhausted. I struggle with Christmas here in South Africa – I miss family and the cold weather. But it is not the family we gather with, the presents we buy or the meal we eat that really represents Christmas – it is all about Jesus.
John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
When Jesus came the world did not recognize Him – even though he was close up and personal. I don’t understand why – for some like Herod to acknowledge Him as Lord was inconvenient for his plan of world domination – others just simply did get Him. I don’t want to rush through Christmas this year and miss out on Jesus. To help with that I have put together a simple set of Advent Bible notes to help my church count down to Christmas. Each day has a short reading so it won’t take up to much time – the notes start from this Sunday (27th Nov). Please feel free to download it and join with us as we get ourselves ready to celebrate our Savior’s coming to rescue us. Advent 2011
(If you struggle to download the PDF email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can email them to you directly)