Advent Week 1: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth

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The “Advent season” usually starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ’s birth. Some churches emphasize the Advent season more than others, but all Christians look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth during this season of the year.

Why was Jesus’ birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from Heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” — John 1:14, NIV

Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches.

Week One: November 30

Read Isaiah 9:6 — In this Scripture we find the message and meaning of Christmas. Isaiah the prophet gave five awe-inspiring names of our Lord that encourage us, thrill us, and fill us with hope at this Christmas season.

1. Wonderful. When He did His many miracles, the Scripture says, “The people wondered” (Luke 11:14, KJV).

2. Counselor. The people said, “No one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 7:46, NIV).

3. The Mighty God. He is the God-Man. He said that He and the Father are one (John 10:30).

4. The Everlasting Father. It was by Him, the living Word, that all things were created. He is the designer of the whole universe (John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3).

5. The Prince of Peace. There will never be lasting peace on earth until He comes again to reign in righteousness. But He is also the Prince of Peace in other ways. None can have peace with God apart from Him and the peace that He made through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20).

The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow, and meet any temptation. How has Jesus shown you recently that He is “Wonderful, Counselor … the Prince of Peace”?

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87 Comments

  1. Chuck Flowers says:

    God’s word is precious. Thank you

  2. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Thank you for the many bibelverses, I will read them and meditate. I believe that it is God’s will for me to know Jesus Christ as my only joy and comfort. Mr. Graham I am so happy!

  3. Robert says:

    Having just sold my house in California and moved to South Carolina, The Prince of Peace gave me just that, an undeniable peace that this move could be done and with total peace, knowing that He gives me everything I need if I trust in Him! This process was truly wonderful! I let Him lead! Thank you Heavenly Father!

  4. j.isaac says:

    Thank you for your daily devotion of the daily bread iam satisfied continue to feed me

  5. Joyce Paul says:

    How Marvelous! How Wonderful! is mt Savior’s Love for me! Wishing you A very Merry & Blessed CHRISTMAS!!! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!