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Read Matthew 2:1-12
1. What caused the Kings to come find the Christ child? Who did they say they were looking for?

2. What was Herod’s response to hearing what the Kings of the east had to say?

3. What is the plan of Herod with regard to this “King of the Jews” that has been born?

4. What was the response of the kings from the east when they saw the star in Matthew 2:10? Why?

5. What is your response to the Christ child? Do you worship Him? Do you tell others of what you have seen Him do in your life? Give an example. If not, perhaps this coming year, you can make your response to the Christ child more evident to those around you.

6. What gifts did they bring to Jesus, the King?

 

Going deeper: What does each gift signify?

 

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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 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?

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.

11. 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

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The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will, Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later, He might hang on a cross.
–J. I. Packer

  1. Some faith traditions begin the Christmas season with Advent. Look up the meaning of this term in a Bible Dictionary or other dictionary and record what you find.
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2. Read the following scriptures and record how they bring hope:
□ Psalm 72:10-14

□ Isaiah 11:1-11

□ Isaiah 42:1-5

□ Isaiah 60:1-3

3. 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

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  1. Consider Emmanuel–God with us. Compare this name for God to the names of God from the Old Testament and record your observations.
    El Roi
    Jehovah Shalom
    Jehovah Rapha
    Elohim
    Adonai

Read Matthew 1

  1. Note all the names that you recognize in the genealogy of Christ. Make a note of what you know about them.
  2. What does Joseph learn about Mary? What is his initial response? Why?
  3. What prophecy is given to Joseph in Matthew 1:18? Who delivers it?
  4. Consider Joseph. What would it feel like to find your fiancee is already pregnant and you have never been intimate with her? What would it take for you to be on board with God’s plan? Sometimes God asks us to trust Him–He doesn’t always send angels to convince us. Have you ever had a situation when God wanted you to believe Him and disregard everything and everyone else? Explain.

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Read Luke 1:39-80
1. Who does Mary go to visit? What happens when she gets there?

2. What prophetic statement does Elizabeth make about the baby Mary is carrying?

3. Verses 46 to 55 of Luke 1 are often referred to as the Magnificat (also known as Song of Mary or Canticle of Mary) What strikes you in this section of scripture?

4. How does Zechariah come to speak again? What is the first thing he says?

5. What does Zechariah say in his prophecy about the Coming One (Messiah)?

6. Imagine that you were Mary, a young woman somewhere between the ages of 14 and 18 living in a small town with your parents. You are visited by an angel and told that you will have a child who sit on the throne of David, fulfilling all the prophecies of Messiah. What would you be thinking? Feeling? Consider the favor shown to Mary. The favor shown to you, a child of God, is much greater than even that shown to Mary. How does that impact you as you prepare for Christmas?

7. Read Luke 1:39-56. Verses 46-55 are known as The Magnificat, and they represent some of what Mary was feeling spoken out in praise to her God. Write out your pray of praise to God for all that He has done for you in and through Christmas.

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Read Luke 1:26 to 38
1. Who is Mary? What do we learn about her from this passage?

2. Who comes to visit her? Why?

3. Why does Gabriel say “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”?

4. Why does he tell her not to be afraid?

5. What is the prophecy that Gabriel tells Mary?

6. What does Mary ask Gabriel in Luke 1:34? What proof does he offer to her that the words that he says are true?

7. Copy Luke 1:37 here. Meditate on this and record your thoughts and impressions. As you meditate on Luke 1:37, consider the proof you have seen that this is true in your own life or the lives of those around you? Explain.

8. What is Mary’s response to the news in verse 1:38?

9. What do we learn in James 4:7? 1 Peter 5:5? How does Mary demonstrate these concepts?

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Christmas is about Love

Christmas is about love. Ultimately, God so LOVED the world that He sent His only Son that whosoever believed in Him would be saved. In order to really understand Christmas as God intended it, we need to consider the love of God.

1. What do the following verses teach you about the love of God?
□ Jeremiah 31:3

□ Proverbs 8:17

□ Zephaniah 3:17

□ John 14:21

□ Romans 5:5

□ Romans 8:38-39

□ Titus 3:3-7

□ 1 John 4:9

2. As you meditate and read over the above verses, how do they speak to your celebration of Christmas?

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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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