Published by Chris Roberts on December 2, 2020

Day 1 Advent Devotional – Unto Us a Child is Born

Day 1 – Unto Us a Child is Born

READ Isaiah 9:6, 7 – Isaiah receives this vision when things look very bleak for Israel. Will you join us as we use December to remind us that because God has been with us once, we can trust He will join us again. I can’t help but think of the song “Glorious” by for King and Country when I hear this verse. Check it out at https://bit.ly/2Vl3Si2. I hope it is as encouraging to you as it is to me.

PRAY that Jesus will grant peace over anything troubling you today.

CHALLENGE you to bring peace of mind to someone around you that may be stressed or that you may have hurt in the past.

Family Devotional (from orbcfamily.org)

Have you ever waited for something you really wanted? Maybe you’ve been waiting all year for Christmas to come around so you could get that one special thing on your Christmas list. Sometimes it can be difficult to wait. It might feel like Christmas will never get here. But you wait hopefully because you know and trust that Christmas will come again.

The people of God knew what it was like to wait. God had made them a promise. He had promised to send the Messiah, the Saving One, the one who would restore God’s kingdom and make everything right again, the one who would save God’s people from evil rulers who made them like slaves, the one who would set them free again.

But God’s people weren’t just waiting a year for Christmas to come around again. They had been waiting for a long time. In fact, the Bible verses we read today were part of God’s promise that the Messiah would be born, but they were written almost 700 years before the birth of Jesus. Can you imagine waiting 700 years for Christmas to come?

And then, one starry night in a tiny town called Bethlehem, all of the waiting ended and he arrived. The Messiah was born! Jesus was here! The Son that God had promised to send almost 700 years before was finally born. He was going to restore God’s kingdom – not by creating a new nation or government, but by making it possible for us receive forgiveness and to know God.

Every year at Christmas we celebrate the arrival of the Messiah. In fact, the four weeks before Christmas are called Advent, and the word “advent” means “arrival.” During Advent we remember that God always keeps his promises. We feel the anticipation that God’s people must have felt as they waited for the Messiah to be born. And we celebrate that God did send the Messiah – the Saving One – and his name is Jesus.

Every year at Christmas we celebrate the arrival of the Messiah. In fact, the four weeks before Christmas are called Advent, and the word “advent” means “arrival.” During Advent we remember that God always keeps his promises. We feel the anticipation that God’s people must have felt as they waited for the Messiah to be born. And we celebrate that God did send the Messiah – the Saving One – and his name is Jesus.

Talk about what you have learned as a family. Use the questions below or ask some of your own.

  1. Can you think of a time you had to wait a long time for something? How did you feel while you were waiting?
  2. Listen to today’s Scripture. What were the Jews waiting for?
  3. Who was the Messiah?
  4. What is the purpose of Advent?

Pray as a family. Here’s some ideas:

  1. Thank God that he always keeps his promises.
  2. Thank God that he sent Jesus to be the Messiah, the Saving One.
  3. Pray that Jesus would help us to experience the anticipation of his arrival.
  4. Pray that God would remind us that the best gift of Christmas is Jesus.