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Session 21

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

Read: Isaiah 53:1-6

When rescue doesn’t come the way we thought it would, we grow restless. We would love nothing more than for the answer to our prayers to hit us like a bolt of lightning while rainbow confetti sprinkles from the sky and a harp plays melodiously in the background. 

But often, God works in ways we don’t expect and would have never seen coming. Jesus fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah yet His life runs contrary to the savior people had in mind.

Sometimes God works in ways we don’t expect and would have never seen coming.

The nation of Israel was looking for a mighty king to deliver them. But their rescuer wasn’t going to be the typical hero. He would be an ordinary looking guy, someone they would look down on or pass over (Isaiah 53:2-3). This humble servant would be pierced, crushed, and wounded for them (Isaiah 53:5). 

Jesus came in humility, suffered and showed mercy. He didn’t take over by might or force or will. Instead, Jesus gave His life on a cross so we might experience freedom. God has prepared a mighty deliverance for those who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).  

It can be hard to believe in miracles when everyday troubles surround us. Maybe you need healing from a chronic or undiagnosed illness. Maybe you’re looking for work and wondering how you will provide for your family. The miracle you’re looking for might not come in the package you expect, but it will come. God is faithful in fulfilling His promises. 

When you’re in a period of waiting and not knowing what comes next, sit and ponder the miracle of Jesus’ birth and death and rest assured knowing that in Christ, all suffering will ultimately lead to God’s glory. With God intervening on our behalf, what is there to fear?

Reflect:

  • When was the last time God performed a miracle you never saw coming?
  • How have you seen a season of suffering and uncertainty give glory and honor to God? 
  • What miracles are you waiting for this Christmas? Share your desires and dreams with God. He loves you and wants to hear from you. 

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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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