And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15
Mark opens his gospel with the following statement, “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). Christmas celebrates the arrival of Jesus to earth, God in the flesh. But with everything going on, it can be easy to overlook what makes it good news. Jesus chose to come to earth because of God’s great love for us. From the beginning of the story of the Bible, we see hints of God’s plan. When people rebel against God, God promises a deliverer (Genesis 3:15). It’s the first hint in the Bible that points to the good news of Jesus. The story about the good news of Jesus just keeps picking up momentum from there.
This week, we’ll look at key themes throughout the Bible that foreshadow and illuminate the good news of Jesus. They help us understand the significance of the baby born to a virgin, wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger just outside of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. We’ll see Jesus as prophet, priest, king and shepherd. These rich themes challenge us to remember that we celebrate Christmas for Jesus as more than a baby.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Dedicate this Christmas season to God. Ask God to help you show his love to those around you by how you treat others and what you say. Ask God for patience and grace as you navigate the challenges ahead of you this week. Consider who you might invite to join you for Christmas Eve services this year. Service details at adabible.org/christmas.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.