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Session 13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Read: Luke 2:1-7

Life is messy. If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance that right now your house is strewn with toys. But beyond that, sometimes life just feels like one big mess. 

In those times, we rest in the knowledge that God isn’t afraid of a mess. 

Despite the depictions we see on Christmas cards, Jesus entered the world in a dark and dirty environment. Stables at this time were often caves with feeding troughs, or mangers, carved into the rock walls. This was not the royal birthplace people would have expected for the Messiah and king.

Jesus’ birth reminds us that God is not limited by our expectations, but our expectations can limit our understanding of His work on Earth. In Jesus’ years on Earth, He never shied away from a mess. In fact, He gravitated toward them. Promiscuous women, tax collectors, and sinners of all kinds found Jesus’ love and grace readily available. 

 If we let him, God will turn our mess into our message.

God is at work all around us — even in dark and dirty places we might not expect. God doesn’t just embrace our mess. He is willing to enter our mess with us, hold our hand, and if we let him, God will turn our mess into our message.

Reflect:

  • How have you seen God meet you in the mess in the past?
  • What kind of mess are you facing today?
  • How does it change your perception of the mess you’re facing knowing that Jesus is with you, helping you through it? 

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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