Monday, December 25, 2006

Advent 2006: Christmas Day

LEFC Family Advent Readings
Christmas Day “Mary’s Song”
“Mary’s Song and Mary’s Son”
Luke 1:46-55
December 25, 2006

“Advent” is over! Christmas has come! Jesus has come and will one day come again! This year we have been preparing our hearts for Christmas and for Jesus by delighting in God through the “Song of Mary” found in the Bible in Luke chapter 1 verses 46 through 55.

[READ LUKE 1:46-55]

On the first Sunday of Advent, we lit a candle [LIGHT FIRST CANDLE] to call us to glorify the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. The second week, we lit a candle [LIGHT SECOND CANDLE] to remind us to trust in our God who is mighty over all. The third candle reminded us [LIGHT THIRD CANDLE] to celebrate God’s mercy to the humble. [LIGHT FOURTH CANDLE] Yesterday’s candle reminded us that God is mindful of His promises. [LIGHT CENTER CHRIST CANDLE]

Today is Christmas, and we need to remember that Christmas is about Christ.

Mary’s song is all about Mary’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary’s son is the fulfillment of all of what Mary sang–He is the Lord, worthy of glory, mighty over all, merciful to the humble, and mindful of His promises.

This is because Jesus isn’t just Mary’s son; He is God’s son in the flesh.

Christmas is about Christ.

May this candle burn bright today reminding us of Mary’s song and Mary’s son!


Advent Bible Study for Families

1. Re-read Luke 1:46-55 one last time. How is Mary’s Song about Mary’s Son? In what ways does He fully fulfill what Mary sang?

2. Read John 1:1-18, especially verse 14 and verse 18. What do these verses teach us about the true meaning of Christmas?

3. Why do we sometimes forget that Christmas is about Christ? What can we do today to make sure that Christmas is about Jesus for our family? (Have each person in the family share.)

4. As a family, sing Go, Tell It On the Mountain!