Advent has begun and now we are only 25 days from Christmas. If you’re like me, every year you want to seize the opportunity to reflect on and treasure Christ during the Christmas season. However, it is easy to get busy, distracted, and you just let the time slip by. On Christmas afternoon, it hits you…you missed it. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are are too many good resources to use, even if you don’t start them “on time.” If you have not begun an Advent Bible reading plan or devotional, I have included a number of great resources below (including the Bible reading plan our family is using this year: This, This is Christ Our King).
Lauren Weir highlights the opportunity Advent provides us:
So Advent provides us with an opportunity – to deepen our relationship with the God of the universe who humbled Himself, born in the likeness of those whom He would redeem. To grow in awe of the God who is high and holy, yet associates Himself with the outcast and the lowly. And to experience through the revealing of the riches of the gospel, His matchless, steadfast, saving love for His people
John Piper reminds us that Advent is for adoring Jesus:
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming—the arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity.
Tony Reinke is reading through Isaiah for Christmas:
Immediately obvious are the important prophecies for the Christmas season — passages like Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6 stand out for obvious reasons. But the entire book offers key background that frames the majesty of Bethlehem. That’s why for the month leading up to Christmas I’m dedicating my devotional readings exclusively to the book of Isaiah.
Matt Capps, along with Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life have created a Family Advent Devotional:
Advent is a special and important time to reflect on the birth of Jesus and everything Jesus came to do. That’s why Bible Studies for Life wants to provide you, your family, and the families in your church with free devotionals that promise to: 1) Draw your family closer around the birth of Christ, 2) Help you develop fresh appreciation for why Christ came, and 3) Adopt a purpose- and mission-filled approach to the busy Christmas season
Art Rainer asks us to focus on the gracious character of God this December:
Because the reason for all of our celebrations in December, the reason why we rush around, the reason why we say, “Merry Christmas,” is the generosity of our God.
If you have young kids, check out the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar Printables. There are a number of churches putting out great Advent resources as well, see the Advent Guides by Village Church and Brainerd Baptist Church.