Sparta Baptist Church

Advent Day 4

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“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4

In a world where Santa Claus appears in stores before Thanksgiving, it can be difficult to sort through all the customs of our culture and hold on to what Christmas is all about.  We can get carried away by the things of the world and forget the things of God.  Our children can have trouble distinguishing between fantasy and facts, and even we can be tempted to equate the birth of Christ with other “legends” of the holiday season.

Luke knew people would question the events surrounding the birth of Christ.  Who wouldn’t?  It all seemed a bit outrageous, but from the beginning, there were witnesses.  Luke spoke with them and recorded their words.  He investigated the truth of what he had been told.  Why?  So we would know the certainty of the things we have been taught.  So we will know the truth.

God had said a virgin would give birth, and she did.  We can believe that because those who witnessed the event recorded it.  We do not have to wonder every year if what we believe is true; we know it is because God’s word tells us so.  So, this holiday season, don’t treat the virgin birth like you do any other Christmas story.  Stop and wonder anew at the amazing miracle God performed and then remember the precious purpose He had:  you!  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Worship:  Read Genesis 18:1-14.  Discuss another miraculous birth—that of Isaac when Abraham and Sarah were very old.  Focus on verse 14.  Ask yourself that same question the Lord asked them: “Is anything too hard for Him?”  Believe that “With God all things are possible.”  Pray, laying before the Lord things you have considered “too hard” for him.  Acknowledge that He can do all things and ask Him to give you the faith to believe the things He has said are true. Worship Him as the creator and sustainer of all life.

Family Focus:  Begin a list of answered prayers.  Perhaps you can post it somewhere in your home where all family members can access it.  Explain that when someone has a prayer request, they write it on the list, adding the date(s) they pray for it.  As others in the family pray for it, they can add those dates as well.  If someone feels led to pray a certain Scripture over a request, they can write the reference on the chart for others to use as well.  When God gives answers to the prayer, write the date and the answer.  Over time, you will have a visible reminder that God still works miracles!  Begin today by adding the first prayer requests to the chart and praying for those requests as a family.