Why Celebrate Advent?
- Set up an Advent Wreath (you could have a physical one or use our digital version below).
- Set aside a regular moment each week during Advent to have a devotional. Gather anyone in your household who might share this moment with you.
- Light the candle and read Scripture and reflect. If you family is gathered, this is a great thing to do aloud together.
Scripture: John 1:1-14 NLT
Reflection: Christmas is God saying to the world, “Hey, folks, this is who I am, this is what I do.” “So the word became human and made his home among us.” Sometimes, we just gotta see it to get it.
Don’t you think the people around us are the same? A while ago, lots of people were wearing WWJD bracelets. They asked the question, if Jesus were you, “what would Jesus do?” The funny thing is most Jesus followers weren’t sure of the answer and people who didn’t understand Christianity didn’t have a clue why people wore the bracelets.
Christmas finally gives us an answer to that elusive question. The creator of us had a plan since before he made the world. At just the right time, he would send his Son, who looks just like him, so we could see his love, “he was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.”
So, what would Jesus do? He would make the first move toward a world that didn’t understand his Father, toward a world that thought they knew better, toward a world that didn’t think they needed him.
A new bracelet has come out. It simply says, “HWLF.” It answers WWJD: He would love first.
Church, because of Christmas, let’s lay aside the human notion of love which is given if someone makes us happy or believes like we do or behaves like we think he or she should.
We weren’t behaving, we weren’t believing, we all had gone astray. God made the first move in sending Jesus. It’s time we do what Jesus would do and love first.
Romans 5:5 “…God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Prayer: Father, forgive me for trying to love in my own strength. Forgive me for loving so conditionally. Help me love others first, before they deserve it, by the power of your Holy Spirit living in me. Amen.
Next Step: Is there someone you’ve been withholding love from because of what they believe or how they live? This week do an act of kindness for this person with no strings attached.