Advent – Week 2: Immanuel, God With Us

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December 4 – 10, 2016

Advent Week 2
Immanuel, God With Us

Advent Guide 2016

Season: Advent     Article by Athens Church

Excerpt taken from “Athens Church Advent Guide”

For centuries, the Israelites anticipated the coming of their Messiah, but no body dreamed He
would come like this.

An angel came to Mary, telling her that she was His chosen vessel to bring this promised rescuer, His Son, into the world. So, she and her betrothed, Joseph, without fear of man, obeyed God’s plan for their lives. Because of their obedience, they had the honor and blessing of being a part of this miracle: God coming to Earth in the form of a helpless baby. They witnessed, rst hand, God ful lling His promise to His people. Mary and Joseph were the rst to gaze, wonderstruck, upon God’s great gift to mankind. And, just as the angel instructed, they named Him Jesus.

Jesus, God with us, was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Jesus, The Almighty, was wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger. Jesus, although He was fully God:

“emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7)

Unlike any infant who had come before or would come after Him, this newborn’s cry signaled the defeat of sin and death forever for those who would believe. God, the all-powerful Ancient of Days, stepped into time and put on fragile human form to rescue us, because we could never rescue ourselves. He had compassion for us. He had a plan for us. He came to us, just as He said He would.

Our God is faithful to do exactly what He says He will do. He always keeps His promises. Be- cause Jesus came, God’s people could be reconciled to Him. They would have the opportunity to know God as they never could before. May we be encouraged, because we are living in the wake of Christ’s coming. He came. He ful lled the most signi cant promise in history. Wretched sin- ners though we are, He still came to us. He rescued us. And He redeemed us.

BIBLE PASSAGES

Luke 2:1-7
Micah 5:2

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Consider the prophesies from Micah 5:2 and Isaiah 9:1-7. How do we see these ful lled through Jesus’ birth?

Read Mary’s response to the angel, Gabriel, in Luke 1:26-38. How can we have this same kind of obedient response to God?

What attributes of God do you see in this part of the Advent narrative? How has God shown you these attributed of Himself in your own life?

Pray

Give thanks to God for sending His Son as a fragile human baby so that we might be freed from our sin and reconciled to Him. Pray that He would reveal to you more about Himself as you study the Advent story this season.


The Advent Season

Advent is from the Latin word for “coming” or “arrival,” and it refers to the coming of Christ. It is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s first advent, and our anticipation of His second. Our waiting isn’t simply a moment in between moments, but it is a time that God uses to grow and shape us into the people He has created us to be. We have provided a Advent page full of resources as we consider this Advent season.

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Aaron Lentz

Aaron Lentz is the Lead Pastor of Athens Church in Columbus, IN. He is the Husband to Cora and Father to Everett. He counts it as a joy to be able to pastor this church in his home town.