Day 1 Devotional

Advent_Day01_Icon

Let the Light In

The Logos: That which gave life and meaning to the universe.\“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”—John 1:1 (NIV)

The Bible tells us that God is a personal God who gives meaning to all things. He loves and is deeply involved with His creation. As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, remember that Jesus came to Earth and “made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14 NIV) so that we could know God, have a relationship with Him, and find true meaning and purpose.

Let the Light Shine

Jesus came to Earth to be a light to our world. Today, tell someone how Jesus has changed your life!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 2 Devotional

Advent_Day02_Icon

Let the Light In

What is sin?

In the Old Testament: מֵחֲטוֹ
To miss the mark; go wrong; to do wrong; to be in error

In the New Testament: ἁμαρτιῶν
Loss because of missing the target; self-empowered wrong, fault, failure (in an ethical sense); action that brings about legal and moral guilt

Sin and death entered the world through Adam, the first human. In order to reverse this curse, Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, came into the world. Here are the parallels between the two Adams.

 

Let the Light Shine

Thank God today for His forgiveness through Jesus! Ask God if there’s anyone you need to ask forgiveness from or need to forgive.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 3 Devotional

Advent_Day03_Icon

Let the Light In

wə·zar·‘ă·ḵā

Seed. Descendant. Offspring.

This word is used in the Bible to describe a descendant or child in someone’s family line, but it’s also used to represent seeds planted that produce fruit. And in God’s promise, both definitions work! In His earthly family tree, Jesus is a child/descendant of Abraham, but He’s also the amazing fruit this seed of God’s promise produced—a promise made to Abraham almost 2,100 years before Jesus’ birth! And we get to enjoy the fruit of this seed (Psalm 34:8) through a relationship with Him. How cool is that?

Let the Light Shine

Do a scavenger hunt found on our Christmas site. At the end, talk about how the items go together!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 4 Devotional

Advent_Day04_Icon

Let the Light In

Isaac and Jesus . . . Sons of the Promise

If the Messiah is anywhere symbolized in the Old Testament, He is certainly to be seen upon Mount Moriah where the beloved Isaac willingly bound, and laid upon the altar, is a lively foreshadowing of the Well-Beloved of Heaven yielding His life as a ransom!—Charles Spurgeon

Let the Light Shine

Listen to the song “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe. Then, be a blessing by baking Christmas cookies for your neighbors!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 5 Devotional

Advent_Day05_Icon

Let the Light In

Did you know that the Bible contains 50 different names and titles given to Jesus? Each of them tells us a little more about who our Savior is and shows us clearly that He is worthy of our worship!

  1. Savior 2. Redeemer 3. Bread of Life 4. Lord 5. Creator 6. Son of the Living God 7. Only Begotten Son 8. Beloved Son 9. Holy One of Israel 10–14. Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace 15. King of Kings 16. Head of the Church 17. The Almighty 18. Alpha and Omega 19. Master 20. King of the Jews 21. High Priest 22. Prophet 23. Teacher 24. Immanuel 25. Advocate 26. Mediator 27. Judge 28. Chief Cornerstone 29. Author and Finisher of Our Faith 30. Lamb of God 31. Good Shepherd 32. The Shepherd and Bishop of Souls 33. The Word 34. Fountain of Living Waters 35. Rock 36. Messiah 37. True Vine 38. Branch 39. Bridegroom 40. Dayspring 41. Shiloh 42. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah 43. The Bright and Morning Star 44. The Image of the Invisible God 45. I Am 46. Son of Man 47. Carpenter 48. The Way, the Truth and the Life 49. King of Israel 50. Christ (“the chosen one”)

    Reflect on these names and titles today. How have you seen some of these to be true in your own life?

Let the Light Shine

Do you know what your name means? Look it up, and then make a poster of all the different name meanings in your family and hang it at home!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 6 Devotional

Advent_Day06_Icon

Let the Light In

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; for that reason also the holy Child will be called the Son of God.”—Luke 1:35 (NASB)

Why is it an important detail that Jesus was born of a virgin?

Here are two big reasons:

  1. Because He is fully God. He isn’t a demi-god like Hercules, the child of a human and a god, half-god and half-human; and He didn’t become a god. He is, always has been, and always will be fully God (John 1:1­–14; Colossians 1:15–20). He wasn’t made through the union of a man and woman. Instead, He was grown in Mary’s womb but made by the Holy Spirit.

  2. Because He is sinless and perfect. Every human who’s ever been born is a child of Adam and Eve—and with that comes sin. But Jesus wasn’t conceived by a man and woman, but by the Holy Spirit. So, He was free of the stain of sin and spiritual death. He was born perfect and sinless with the Spirit of the Lord upon Him.

The virgin birth establishes Jesus’ divinity and perfection through the Holy Spirit’s work in Mary’s womb. In the most amazing and basic way, the Holy Spirit unites humanity to the perfect, divine Word of God, showing us that Jesus is and always was the union of God and man . . . Immanuel, God with us. 

Let the Light Shine

Jesus’ birth was announced in advance to give people hope and show God’s faithfulness. Write how He’s been faithful this year!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 7 Devotional

Advent_Day07_Icon

Let the Light In

Chrīstós 

The Lord’s Anointed. The Chosen One. 

In Luke 4:18–19 (NIV), we see Jesus read from Isaiah 61, which says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Then in verse 21, He declared to all those listening, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Basically, Jesus told them this was written about Him; that He had come in the Spirit of the Lord, the promised Messiah, to accomplish this very purpose. His ministry would set in motion God’s ultimate, perfect plan of salvation, redemption, and freedom made possible through His eventual death and resurrection.

Let the Light Shine

Jesus’ purpose was to serve and save us. Think of one way you can serve someone today.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 8 Devotional

Advent_Day08_Icon

Let the Light In

John, the Elijah to Come

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.”—Malachi 3:1 (NLT)

In Luke 1, the angel tells Zechariah that he and his wife—who couldn’t have kids—would have a son named John, who would “go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 NIV). And later, Jesus tells us that John was “the Elijah who was to come” (Matthew 11:14 NIV).

So, was John actually Elijah? Yes and no! Yes, he came in the spirit of Elijah to fulfill the prophetic role of Elijah as forerunner for the Messiah. But no, because he was not the same man who was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2) returning to the earth. He wasn’t the original prophet reappearing on the earth. He was a different human being altogether sent by God “in the spirit and power of Elijah” to fulfill the role of Elijah at Jesus’ first coming.

John and Elijah

  • Preached repentance when Israel had turned from God (1 Kings 18:21; Luke 1: 13–17; Matthew 3:1–2)
  • Dressed the same (2 Kings 1:7–8; Matthew 3:4a)
  • Lived off the land and wildlife of the desert (1 Kings 17:2–3; Matthew 3:4b)
  • Fought against corrupt religious lifestyles (2 Kings 1:16; Matthew 3:7)

Let the Light Shine

Go on a walk in your neighborhood to enjoy looking at Christmas lights.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 9 Devotional

Advent_Day09_Icon

Let the Light In

The Line of the King

For Jesus’ earthly parents, God chose two people who were descendants of King David. Why? So He would be a true heir to the throne of David’s throne.

You see, in 2 Samuel 7:12–13 (NIV, emphasis added) God tells David, “When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”

That kingdom is the heavenly kingdom. If you believe in Jesus, the Bible tells us that Jesus has given us “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NLT), which makes us “citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior” (Philippians 3:20 NLT).

Let the Light Shine

Make a family tree and talk about your family story!

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 10 Devotional

Advent_Day10_Icon

Let the Light In

The Road from Nazareth to Bethlehem

In Luke 2:1, 3 (NIV), it says, “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world… And everyone went to their own town to register.”

This true historical event was known as the Census of Quirinius, the Roman governor who was assigned by Caesar Augustus to carry out a census in Judea for tax purposes at the time of Jesus’ birth. Because of this, Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem, as both were of the line of David. This was a 90-mile journey, the same as going from Miami to Cuba, was about a five-day journey and is known as a pretty rough trip.

Let the Light Shine

Jesus’ parents had to go to Bethlehem before His birth. Think about a time you had to do something that didn’t make sense at first, but you saw God work through it.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 11 Devotional

Advent_Day11_Icon

Let the Light In

πλῆθος στρατιᾶς οὐρανίου

A heavenly host. The army of God. A sold-out crowd for the greatest event in history.

In Luke 2:10–14 (NIV), we read about the greatest concert ever: the night the angels filled the sky to sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those whom his favor rests.” The J.B. PHILLIPS translation calls the angels “a vast host of the armies of Heaven,” which implies a massive number of angels—some believe around 100,000.

Imagine being a shepherd in the fields that night. Try to picture 100,000 angels—the equivalent to the University of Alabama football stadium being packed to capacity—filling the sky, singing in unison. And it was all done in order to declare the good news that the Savior had been born unto us . . . the One who would bring peace to the earth.

Let the Light Shine

To proclaim the good news, go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood or make cards and take them to an elderly home.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 12 Devotional

Advent_Day12_Icon

Let the Light In

Gold . . . A gift for a King

Frankincense . . . A gift for a Priest

Myrrh . . . A gift for a Savior

Let the Light Shine

Come together and make a birthday cake and cards for Jesus.

For Adults

For Kids

En Español

Day 13 Devotional

Advent_Day13_Icon

Let the Light In

Acts 2:42–47 (NIV) tells us that the early church after Jesus’ return to heaven “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,” that all “the believers were together and had everything in common” and “sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need,” that they met “together in the temple courts” daily and “broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” And as they lived this way, as the light of Jesus changed them and shone through them, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

And today, we are all still part of this story! When we are changed by the light of Jesus and live like Jesus, we see God use our light to change the lives of the people around us.

Let the Light Shine

Jesus called us to be a light to the world. What’s a way you can show up and show off your light?

For Adults

For Kids

En Español