What are some Advent verses to reflect on with your family this Christmas?
- Jeremiah 33:14-16
- Isaiah 7:14
- Isaiah 9:2-6
- Romans 15:12-13
- John 1:29
- John 3:16
Advent is the time of waiting and preparation for the nativity of Jesus. As followers of Christ, we are to take this time to reflect on the Messiah’s arrival in the manger and to look forward to His second coming. Below are 6 Advent verses to reflect on with your family this Christmas!
“The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. ‘In those days and at that time. I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”
During these times of trial due to the pandemic, this Advent verse is particularly needed by many people. Many are ambiguous about the future. People wonder if they will still have a stable job, if they will be able to feed their families, or if someone they love will get COVID-19. But if there is a time when we need to look beyond the surrounding negativity and trials, it is right now. Advent is a time that anticipates the Good News that the Messiah will come.
The Messiah appeared in Israel’s history to bring justice and righteousness to the nation. Just like how the divided nation of Israel was promised “The Righteous Branch” in Jeremiah 33:14-16, there is a reason for hope during these dark times. This verse reminds us that we are to remain hopeful because God will fulfill His promise of salvation. Anticipate the promise!
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14 is a verse where the prophet Isaiah addresses King Ahaz of Judah that a child will be born from a virgin who will be called Immanuel, which means “God with us”. He would reject the wrong and choose right. He is the one who would save His people from their sins.
As believers of Christ, we are to look to the King born in the manager who ensures that even through life’s toughest struggles, we are never alone. Sometimes, you may feel that this broken world is hopeless. However, this does not have to be the end of the story. This Advent season, may we all have faith that God is with us.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In the past, Israel lived in a state of deep darkness. The minds of men were shackled in sin, blinded by arrogance and ignorance, and chained by unbelief. However, Isaiah spoke of a prophecy that a Messiah would save His people. He would bring light to the world. Amidst the chaos of the world, true peace was found in a person: the Savior from sin and the King of the world.
If you seek salvation, peace, love, hope, and fulfillment, remember that you can turn to Jesus. He will enlighten your life, even during times you walk in gloom.
“And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Many Christians are still harassed by Satan today and endure struggles until the return of Christ. How can we endure challenging times? The answer is to trust in God. Once you trust God, He will not give you joy but also hope and perfect peace.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
In the past, an innocent lamb was chosen to be sacrificed as a remembrance that God has saved his people from Egypt. The lamb would be examined for four days because it should be pure and not have any blemishes. When there is no fault in the lamb, it would be offered as the propitiation for the sins of mankind.
When John saw Jesus Christ coming toward him, he cried out that He is the true Lamb of God and He came to earth to pay for the sins of mankind. Have you considered thanking Jesus for taking away your sins? This Advent season is the best time to do so.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
During the darkest days of your life, remember that you were given unfailing love and it was done when Christ died on the cross for your sins. Although underserved, it is always available to those who have faith in Him.
In this article, we’ve listed down 6 Advent verses to reflect on with your family this Christmas. This Advent season, may we fix our eyes on the true reason for the season — salvation through the Messiah. Get all your loved ones involved in celebrating the birth of Jesus and His return! May we all experience the spiritual blessing that comes with being the children of God.
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