Sunday, December 05, 2010

Family Devotion and Activity :: Second Week of Advent :: Light 

Read: Luke 4:16-21 & 18:35-43

Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind. The Bible talks about two different kinds of blindness. Some people are physically blind. They are not able to see the beautiful colors and lights of Christmas. They cannot see the things of this life. The other kind of blindness that the Bible speaks about is spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness is the worst sort of blindness. People who are spiritually blind cannot see the truth of God’s word. They do not understand the things that are eternal.

At night, as a family, go into a room of your home and turn off all the lights. Try walking around without stumbling, tripping or running into things. It is hard to find your way around in the dark. Those who are spiritually blind also live in a world of darkness. They do not know or believe God’s Word so they do not understand how God wants them to live, what God wants them to avoid, or where God wants them to go. Those who are spiritually blind walk about in this life not able to see the things God wants them to see.

The Bible says that when we follow Jesus, we never walk in the dark, for He is the Light of the world (John 8:12). May we determine to always follow Jesus.

Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of LIGHT.

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and the light showing the way of salvation.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; 

on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned

~Isaiah 9:2

Suggestion: Consider lighting the candles at dinner with everyone gathered together. Allow the light of these two candles be the only source of light during the meal. At the end of the meal, spend a few moments reflecting back on Christ as the Light of the world. Take a few moments to pray together, thanking God for sending the Light to those lost in darkness and sin. Note: allowing children to be the ones who get to light and blow out the candles can be a great way to help them stay engaged.

Additional Family Bible Study
At another setting this week, read the Christmas Story from Matthew 2:1-15 with your family. List all the different people in the story. How did each welcome the Lord Jesus Christ? Talk about what it looks like for us to welcome Christ Jesus today?

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