What do you want for Christmas this year? We all desire something. You may have a list or a certain item you hope to find under the Christmas tree. But have you ever thought what does Jesus want this Christmas? We can see the answer in his prayers. His longest prayer is recorded in John 17.
Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! (John 17:24)
What Jesus wants most for Christmas is for his people to see his glory and savor it. Advent provides space and time to see Christ and savor Christ. Starting Sunday November 24th each day a new devotional can be found here to help you keep Jesus as the center of your Advent season. We invite you to interact with each devotional.
Advent: Day 28 – The Spirit of Christmas
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:34-35 You hear a lot about the spirit of Christmas at this time of year. But the spirit of Christmas needs… Read more
Advent: Day 27 – The Crib, Cross, and Crown (Part 2)
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 The crib, the cross, and the crown are fundamental to who Jesus is. Similarly, they’re fundamental to the Christian life as well. Think of the crib as a place where the miracle of rebirth and… Read more
Advent: Day 26 – The Crib, Cross, and Crown (Part 1)
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you… I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:1,4-5 There’s something beautiful and… Read more
Advent: Day 25 – Three Christmas Presents
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Little children,… Read more
Advent: Day 24 – Two Purposes for Christmas
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7–8… Read more
Advent: Day 23 – God’s Indescribable Gift
If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:10–11 How do we… Read more