The Dangers of Advent: November 26

Advent Guide Cover - 2017

In today’s reading, JB Phillips warns that many of us may believe fully that Jesus was the Son of God who came to save us, and “yet be largely unaware of the intense meaning behind what [we] believe.” As you discuss the pages you read together today, consider whether Advent and Christmas might mean much, much more than you realized before.

READ
• 1 Corinthians 15:49-58
Watch for the Light, pp. 16-24

REFLECT
1. Phillips wrote, “That is why, behind all our fun and games at Christmastime, we should not try to escape a sense of awe, almost a sense of fright, at what God has done” (24). Have you ever felt shocked by the truth that the Son of God left the glory of heaven to live here with us so that we could be saved from our sin? How does the deep familiarity of this season keep us from experiencing genuine awe of Christmas?
2. Do you often reflect on the reality that God himself came to live where we live? How would your attitude and perspective toward everyday challenges change if you began to live with an awareness “My God has been here, here on this earth”?
3. Think of the people you interact with in your daily routine. Would the prospect of Christ’s second coming be a joy or a terror to those close to you?

RESPOND
If you sense that you have become overly familiar with Christmas, ask the Lord to give you fresh eyes to see the wonder and awe of the Incarnation of Jesus. Next, choose someone you see on a regular basis, and begin praying that God would also open their eyes to see the true joy of this Advent season.

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