Day 1 – Behold the Lamb of God: Reflection, Questions, and Art During Advent

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Reflection:

“Israel was a nation with a story, a well-rehearsed narrative her priests were sworn to preserve and pass down. John himself was a part of that tale, and so were they. And yet, like so many of their countrymen, they had begun to forget the story of God’s promises to them.

“But it was such a beautiful story. It was the story of how their holy God had cut a covenant promise in blood to redeem and restore the children who had rebelled against him. It was the story of how Jacob’s line came to be a nation—sometimes mighty, sometimes fragile, but always prone to wander and forget their God.

“It was the story of generations of war, infighting, and exile that should have wiped them off the face of the earth. The fact that they survived all this and so much more testified to God’s fidelity to his promise never to leave them or forsake them. That alone proved God was not through with the story he was writing. And if that was true, it meant he wasn’t through with them either.”[1]

 

Questions:

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you wondered if God might be through with you? What circumstances led you to think that? Do you think that still?

What would you say is your own understanding of the scope of the Christmas story? Is this season merely a time to remember the birth of Jesus, or does the story of the birth of Jesus call you to remember more?

What do you hope to be true of your anticipation of celebrating and remembering the birth of Christ in the weeks leading up to Christmas?

 

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[1] Ramsey, Russ. Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative. Nashville: Rabbit Room Press, 2011. pgs. 5-6.

Russ Ramsey

Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and the author of Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative (Rabbit Room Press, 2011) and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2015). He is a graduate of Taylor University (1991) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv – 2000, ThM – 2003).

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