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The second Advent candle is called the “Candle of the Way.” This candle is also purple and represents the truth that Christ is the only way to God. For those lost in sin, Jesus Christ is the Light sent into the world to show the way out of darkness. It is also called the “Candle of Preparation,” reminding Christians to get ready to receive God.
–Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Pocket Inspiration

1. What things do you do every year to prepare for Christmas? What do you notice about those things?

Read Luke 1:5-25
2. Who is Zacharias? Who is his wife Elizabeth?

3. Why was he burning incense in the temple?

4. What happened to him while he was in the temple?

5. What is prophecy was given to him? By whom?

6. Why is the prophecy hard for Zechariah to believe?

7. What happens to Zechariah as a result of his unbelief?

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In every Christmas celebration, there needs to be some consideration of Resurrection Sunday. Before there was Christmas, there was a need for Christmas. Before the birth of the Savior, there was a need for a Savior. Before crucifixion and resurrection, there was a need for atonement and victory over death.

1. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Leviticus 17:11

□ Romans 6:23

□ Hebrews 9:27

□ Romans 3:10

□ Romans 5:8

□ Romans 10:9-10

The message of Christianity is . . . “Things really are this bad, and we can’t heal or save ourselves. Things really are this dark–nevertheless, there is hope.” The Christmas message is that “on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Notice that is doesn’t say from the world a light has sprung, but upon the world a light has dawned. It has come from outside. There is light outside of this world, and Jesus has brought that light to save us; indeed, he is the Light (John 8:12).
–Hidden Christmas, Timothy Keller

2. How do you see darkness in the world today? In your family? In your friends? In your workplace? In your school?

3. What does God require of those who seek Him according to John 10:9? 14:6?

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1. Christmas is about God, about Him manifesting Himself. Christmas is about the Triune God: Father, Son and Spirit. What do the following verses teach you about God?
□ Deuteronomy 32:39

□ 2 Chronicles 2:5-6

□ Psalm 100:3

□ 2 Corinthians 5:21

□ Philippians 2:6-8

□ Colossians 1:12-22

□ Revelation 1:11-18

Who is He–Jesus?
The world has struggled with this issue since Jesus came on the scene more than 2000 years ago. Was Jesus simply a man? Was he a great prophet or teacher? Or was He the Christ–the Messiah–the Promised One, fulfilling hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament prophets?

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2. What does Isaiah 7:14 foretell about Jesus (the Messiah-the Promised One)?

3. What does Isaiah 9:6-7 tell us about the Messiah?

4. What additional information is given regarding the Messiah in Isaiah 11:1?

5. What do you learn from Isaiah 53:1-3

6. When did Isaiah live and give his prophecies?

7. What does the prophet Micah tell us about the birth place of Messiah in Micah 5:2?

9. When did the prophet Micah live and give his prophecies?

10. What does the prophet Zechariah tell us about the Promised One in Zechariah 9:9?

11. When did the prophet Zechariah live and give his prophecies?

12. When you read these prophecies, given hundreds of years before the person they describe was born, by three different men, and you learn that they came true in the person of Jesus, what does that make you think about the Bible? God? Jesus? Yourself?

 

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Continuing with the series started yesterday, we consider how God’s word brings us peace as Jesus promised.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

God’s presence brings us peace.

God is with me to save me and deliver me.

I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; And they will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 15:20

God is my God and He will strengthen me, help me and uphold me.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

God is always with me.

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (Jesus speaking)

God goes with me. God will never leave me or give up on me.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

God goes with me, to fight my enemies and to save me.

Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. Deuteronomy 20:3-4

Having God with me, fighting for me, strengthening me, helping me and holding me up, I have peace.

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Why do you come to study the Word of God? You may have different reasons on different days — as I do. But Jesus gave us a reason — peace.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said His Words were to give us peace — peace in Him. He knew (and reminded us) that the world was full of trouble and lacking in peace, but that He was not subject to the world — He has overcome the world. Through resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven, He conquered death and all the power of this world.

As a mother, I want my child to understand that the things I tell her are for her good, they are meant to help, not to hurt. I remind her of this often because some of the things I say to her can be difficult to hear. They may sound harsh or difficult. And so it is with God. He often has challenging things for us in His Word. Because of this, Jesus, tells us the reason for His words — PEACE.

But how does that happen? What about the Word of God that brings me peace?

One of the ways that God’s Word brings peace to me (and to all who seek to study and know God through His Word) is that it teaches us who He is. It tells us of His character, His attributes, His likes, His dislikes — even what God hates.

God is sovereign over all things.

Another way of saying God is sovereign is to say that He is over all things – nothing and no one or power is more powerful than God. He is the ultimate power. His Word makes this clear and many ways, but here are just a couple to encourage you – to bring you peace.

God is above all other Kings and Lords.

He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. 1 Timothy 6:15-16

God is above all other powers (earthly, heavenly and demonic)

(Consider) the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:20-21

God will not allow anything to come between us and His love for us.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Because God is the most powerful being in every realm, I can experience peace. Regardless of the circumstances, I can rest in the knowledge that He is on my side –and that I belong to Him.

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We move into the story of man’s separation from God in Genesis 3. In chapter 2, Adam is with God in the garden, but by the end of chapter 3, he and Eve will be forced to leave the garden and will be prevented from coming back by armed guards.

It all sounds very depressing, but in Genesis 3, God sets the stage for the coming Messiah (Jesus). From this point forward through the Bible, everything that occurs moves history and mankind toward the first and second comings of Jesus the Christ–the Promised Deliverer.

1. What technique does Satan use in Genesis 3:1 with Eve? Genesis 3:4-5?

2. What is wrong with the response of Eve in Genesis 3:2-3? (Review Genesis 2:16-17)

3. Can you think of one thing that Eve may have allowed to influence her decision to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree

4. What is one thing that Eve could have done to avoid being deceived by the serpent regarding the fruit? What is one thing Adam could have done to help Eve avoid being deceived?

5. What was the response of Eve and Adam to God after they sinned?

6. What technique does Adam use to explain his sin in Genesis 3:12? Eve in Genesis 3:13?

7. In Genesis 3:14-15, as God pronounces a curse on the serpent, we have the first hint of the coming Messiah. In verse 16, “her Seed” refers to the fruit of the womb of Mary.

8. What curse does God proclaim on Adam? Eve?

9. Why did God drive them from the garden?

10. What was the response of Eve and Adam to God after they sinned?

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Who is He?
The world has struggled with this issue since Jesus came on the scene more than 2000 years ago. Was Jesus simply a man? Was he a great prophet or teacher? Or was He the Christ–the Messiah–the Promised One, fulfilling hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament prophets?

1. What does Isaiah 7:14 foretell about Jesus (the Messiah-the Promised One)?

2. What does Isaiah 9:6-7 tell us about the Messiah?

3. What additional information is given regarding the Messiah in Isaiah 11:1?

4. What do you learn from Isaiah 53:1-3

5. When did Isaiah live and give his prophecies?

6. What does the prophet Micah tell us about the birth place of Messiah in Micah 5:2?

7. When did the prophet Micah live and give his prophecies?

8. What does the prophet Zechariah tell us about the Promised One in Zechariah 9:9?

9. When did the prophet Zechariah live and give his prophecies?

10. When read these prophecies, given hundreds of years before the person they describe was born, by three different men, and you learn that they came true in the person of Jesus, what does that make you think about the Bible? God?

Closer to the birth of Jesus, months before, we are given additional information about Jesus.
Read Luke 1
11. What has Mary been chosen to do? Why?

12. What prophetic information is given about the child in this chapter? Provide a verse reference.

13. What happens when Mary goes to visit Elizabeth? What prophetic information does Elizabeth speak about the child Mary is carrying?

After Jesus was born, people were still speaking about His future and who He was.
Read Luke 2:8-15
14. What was spoken about the Messiah to the shepherds? Who delivered the message?

Read John 1
15. What do you learn about Jesus from this chapter? On what did John base his knowledge about Jesus?

16. What does Peter say about Jesus in Matthew 16:13-17? Who does Jesus say gave him that information?

17. What does Jesus say about who He is in the following verses?
▸ Matthew 9:6

▸ Matthew 26:63-64

▸ Mark 8:31

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