Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion, Week 1: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth

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The word Advent means arrival, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. 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).

Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches. Take time between now and Christmas to reflect on this great truth.

Week One: November 27-December 3

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)

2. Counselor. The officers said, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46)

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?

 

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229 Comments

  1. NEWT STAKE says:

    THANKS FOR YOUR DEVOTIONS. IT HELPS US TO TURN OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S GREATEST GIFT, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  2. Susan Adams says:

    I was very excited to see Christian material come on my computer. Thank you!

  3. bonnie says:

    Thank you for all ya’ll do…God bless and may God bless the USA this blessed season!

  4. roberta gabor says:

    Thank you for these wonderful Advent devotions which help us to turn our minds and hearts towards God’s greatest gift, the Lord Jesus Christ. I have received Him as my Savior and Lord and endeavor to be a true disciple of His.

  5. Kathryn D says:

    I am so glad that I grew up listening to you on radio and TV. You are my gift from God because you are the main reason that I am a believer now and now I get to listen to Anne’s messages and those of Franklin. Thanks so very much for being a light of God.

  6. Joel Moyo says:

    Thanks for such revelation. May God increase you in Jesus name.

  7. Trudy Smith says:

    Thank you for serving GOD !

  8. Diane Dikes says:

    Thank you

  9. Laurie Best Silva says:

    Ahh.. thank you so much!

  10. rachel rebo says:

    thanks for sharing the devotion