Christmas is a Razor’s Edge Perambulation

“Epic Christmas 2019” Advent Guide

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to this year’s Advent Guide. In the weeks to come, we will be looking forward to the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Simply put, Advent is a season of time, 4 weeks to be exact. It happens during the 4 weeks that lead up to Christmas. The word Advent is actually formed from a Latin word that means: “Coming” or “Arrival.”

 

There are many ways to approach Advent but what I want to do is give you a chance to reflect on some simple Scriptures and thoughts each week. Each Monday I will release a new Advent Reflection Guide for that particular week and it will go along with the theme from the previous Sunday’s sermon.

 

Some practical suggestions:

  • Find a quiet place where you will not be distracted.
  • Set aside technology if you can. I’d suggest using a literal bible rather than your phone, as this device can be quite a distraction.
  • Open your time with prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to open your heart and lead you as you study and pray.
  • Read the Advent Guide portion for the day. Each day will have a brief selection or activity for you.
  • Give yourself 10-20 minutes to reflect. If you want to go longer you can. If you miss a day, do not get down, Jesus still loves you! I don’t want this to be an exercise in shame. This is meant to be helpful- things happen and sometimes we forget or have to choose something else. This guide is here to help you reflect upon the Lord.

 

My hope is that this guide will help you take some time, maybe 10-20 minutes out of your day, to simply reflect upon the beauty and glory of Christmas.

 

An Intro to this Advent series: Epic Christmas

What is this series about? Many of us know the Christmas story, or at least we think we do. There is a part of the story that is not so well known, a perspective on how things went down that we don’t often recognize. When we see this perspective, Christmas begins to take on new meaning and purpose. It becomes a much more gripping tale of struggle, danger and dramatic suspense. In a word, it becomes EPIC! This Advent season, I want us to look at Christmas from a different vantage point, with the hope that we will see Christmas not merely as some silent peaceful night but rather as the beginning of the greatest love story. And the most daring rescue story the world has ever seen!

 

Join us Sunday mornings here at SNC for an Epic Christmas!

 

 

 

Epic Christmas Advent Guide Week #3

Christmas Is A Razor’s Edge Perambulation

 

Monday: Opening Reflection

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:26-33

 

The mission was set. There were no questions. A virgin will impossibly conceive a child and this boy will grow to be the King of Kings and his reign will never end. Into a broken and dying world- hope is born. So much could’ve gone wrong. Think about it for a second.

  • Mary could have miscarried. Every child being birthed is a miracle in its own way. God orchestrated a healthy pregnancy.
  • Joseph could’ve divorced Mary but God intervened.
  • The kingdom of darkness sought to destroy Jesus again and again- but God snatched him away, protecting Him again and again.
  • A king hunted Jesus, but God orchestrated a midnight escape.

 

Every turn, was danger and challenge, and every turn God answers. His plan would not be thwarted. The adventure of Christmas was like walking on the edge of a razor, you stray just a little bit to the right or left, and you fall. So much could’ve gone wrong and yet, God had it in the bag! He was taking a leisurely stroll, on the razor’s edge, making a mockery of the enemy, and bringing His plan to fruition. Consider God’s power to make all this happen.

 

Question to reflect upon: Lord how does Christmas show me your power?

 

 

Tuesday: Luke 2:1-19

Read this scripture several times.

What is something jumping out to you from these verses?

 

Wednesday: Reflect Upon a Song

Here’s a YouTube link to the song: “He Shall Reign,” by Chris Tomlin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UXgs6nvGM

 

Consider the words, asking the Lord to speak to your heart regarding what the lyrics are saying.

 

 

Thursday: Matthew 2:1-18

Read this scripture a few times.

Ask yourself: Lord how did you protect Jesus in this time?

What all could’ve gone wrong and yet you made it all work?

 

 

Friday: Celebration Project

On this day, how might you celebrate the greatness of Jesus?

Take some time to ask Holy Spirit:

“Lord, Is there a small way I can celebrate your greatness today?”

 

What does Celebration involve?

Acknowledgment– It involves turning your attention to something. Recognizing its importance, remembering how it has blessed you.

Sacrifice- Giving up of your time or resources to this particular thing to prioritize or value it.

What is a way I can celebrate God’s greatness and goodness today?