Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth

By   •   December 2, 2013   •   Topics:

advent candles

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: December 2

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”?

Do You Need God’s Love in Your Life?

Follow the Steps to Peace online to learn about Jesus or recommit your life to Him.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.

78 Comments

  1. shane israel says:

    Bless you Billy Graham…
    Thank YOU Father, GOD for such eh brilliant plan
    And eh Awesome Savior…
    Our LORD Jesus Christ.
    Amen!!!
    <3

  2. praisiline sheebapreethi.k says:

    I under stood about his birth clearly.. really our lord God’s plan is we cant able to predict….
    I have no words to express his love.. after read this brief explanation… thank u uncle

  3. Vivian Kosbruk says:

    I enjoy Dr. Billy Graham’s messages. Merry Christmas Dr. Graham.

  4. Nancy Tatum says:

    My first encounter with Billy Graham was in 1948. I was seven years old and his preaching brought me to tears. My whole family was soon baptized, and the journey of knowing Jesus began. Thank you, and I thank my Father for the gift of faith.

  5. Janet hobday says:

    Praying for your father at this time

  6. sandy keeler says:

    Mr graham has been in my life always. GOD BLESS HIM. I in the pas 2 years i have been saved many times. I feel so blessed. I am studing the bible and the more i learn the better life gets. GOD BLESS YOU ALL? AMEN

  7. Pst frank says:

    Please i want that xmas message on my email and other good messages, that will make me grow in the spirit and power of God.

  8. Tony George says:

    I thank god for great things he had done for me.

  9. Lucy Elias-Simpson says:

    thank you Lord Jesus ! by the grace of God ! I am saved . ” No Human being is perfect ! But we can all receive God’s Mercy and Forgiveness !………………….. Amen ……………

  10. Dim Hau Cing says:

    Thank you for the message