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Session 17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

Read: Luke 2:21-35

Christmas presses us all to answer the most important question: Who is Jesus? 

In Luke 2, the Holy Spirit leads a righteous and devout man named Simeon to the temple on the day of Jesus’ circumcision. Simeon praises God for allowing him to see the promised savior, then goes on to tell who this child is and how He will affect us. 

Simeon says, 
“....This child marks both the failure and
    the recovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood and contradicted—
    the pain of a sword-thrust through you—
But the rejection will force honesty,
    as God reveals who they really are” (Luke 2:33-35, MSG).

What we believe about the baby in the manger reveals what is truly in our hearts. 

What we believe about the baby in the manger reveals what is truly in our hearts. Do we see Jesus as a reason to decorate, gather friends, and feast? Or do we see Him as He really is: Savior of the world, God incarnate, Prince of Peace, Immanuel. 

When we see Jesus as our savior rather than a nativity character, our perspective on Christmas changes. Buying presents becomes a reminder of God’s blessing instead of a burden. Gatherings go from obligations to opportunities to celebrate Jesus.

The hustle and bustle of the season can cause us to forget who we’re celebrating. We deplete ourselves and keep going, dispensing energy as fruitlessly as a waiter filling glasses with an empty pitcher. 

But when Jesus is at the center of our lives, everything becomes an act of worship. Even those moments devoted to gatherings, baking, shopping, and gift wrapping can permeate us with the reality of who Jesus is and what He came to do. 

Reflect:

  • In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks Peter, "Who do you say I am?" How would you answer Jesus’ question? Who do you say He is?
  • What is one change you can make to enter Christmas with a heart of worship? 

1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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