Theme of the Week: Light Broke Down
Bible Verse: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians 15:57, CSB
Scripture Reading: John 16:25-33
This week, we have seen how God intervened in history, in your story and mine. In the midst of our darkness, light broke down. Here are some of the highlights of this week:
The Danger of Familiarity
“Often when we become familiar with things, we begin to take them for granted. When we are familiar with things, we tend to quit examining them. Often when we are familiar with things, we quit noticing them. When we are familiar with things, we tend not to celebrate them as we once did. Familiarity tends to rob us of our wonder.”
A Story Like no Other
“This story is so miraculous in every way that it could have only come out of the mind of God in eternity before the foundations of the earth were laid down by his mighty hand. It points to the divine imagination and screams the power of the divine hand.”
Our Unwillingness vs. Jesus’ Willingness
“You see, it’s not just the Christmas story; rather, the entire redemptive story hinges on one thing—the eternal willingness of Jesus. Without his willingness, you and I would be without hope and without God. Without his willingness, we would be left with the power and curse of sin. Without his willingness, we would be eternally damned. During this season of celebrating, don’t forget to stop and celebrate your Savior’s willingness. His willingness is your hope in life, death, and eternity.”
The Story of Christmas in One Word
“God’s response wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t the establishment of an institution. It wasn’t a process of intervention. It wasn’t some new divine program. In his infinite wisdom, God knew that the only thing that could rescue us from ourselves and repair the horrendous damage that sin had done to the world was not a thing at all. It was a person, his Son, the Lord Jesus.”
The Baby Warrior
The Christmas story is the first chapter in a war story; this war was fought on our turf and for our sake by the hero of the story, the God-man, Jesus.
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