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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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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.

The first Advent candle is called the “Candle of Hope.” This purple candle symbolizes hope and expectation. It represents both the eager anticipation of a coming Messiah spoken of throughout the Old Testament and the promise that Jesus, the Messiah, will come again to earth to claim His faithful ones as described in the New Testament. Because it points to the promises that foretold Christ’s birth, it is also sometimes called the “Candle of Prophecy.”
–Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Pocket Inspiration

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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

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Read Luke 2
1. Where did Joseph live?

2. Of what lineage was Joseph? Why is that important?

3. Why did Joseph and Mary have to go to Bethlehem?

4. What happened while the young couple was in Bethlehem? Describe in your own words.

5. What happened in the fields outside of Bethlehem? Describe in your own words.

6. Who visited Mary and Joseph according to Luke 2:16? Why? What did they do after the visit?

7. Review Leviticus 12:6-8. What do you learn about Mary and Joseph from Luke 2:22-23?

8. Who do they meet in Jerusalem according to Luke 2:25? Why is this meeting significant?

9. What prophecy does Simeon make about Jesus?

 

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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?

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In preparation for the coming celebration of Christmas, arguable the second most significant celebration in the year, Read Matthew 2:1-12 and see how many of the following questions you can answer.  If you have questions or are unsure of something, please post a comment.

  • What caused the Kings to come to find the Christ child?  Who did they say they were looking for?
  • What was Herod’s response to hearing what the Kings from the east had to say?
  • What is Herod’s plan with regard to this “king of the Jews” that has been born?
  • What was the reaction of the Kings to seeing the star (v. 10)?
  • What was the response of the kings from the east when they saw the Christ child according to Matt. 2:11?
  • What is your response to the Christ child?  Do you worship Him?  Tell others of what you have seen Him do in your life?  Perhaps this coming year, you want to make your response to the Christ child more evident
  • What gifts did they bring to Jesus, the King?  (v. 11)
  • What does each gift signify or foretell?

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