May we lead one another into worship this Advent. Christmas is rich with great art, music, and poetry that helps bring the Word of God pulsating into our hearts. Together, we will help one another have Emmanuel come and stay in our hearts all through the season — whether you are going through sorrow or joy. Move at your own pace, taking one question at a time, or more.
We are not just made of earth, but of heaven. The food and gifts of Christmas cannot satisfy — we need Jesus. When an exercise sparks a flame in you, share it, and our mutual fire will glow brightly all season long.
#1 See the lyrics to O Come O Come Emmanuel below. How do you thirst for Jesus specifically now? Start singing this great Christmas hymn, and memorize two of the verses that mean the most to you — and tell us how that description of Jesus would meet your thirst.
#2 Meditate on this drawing by Martin French, portraying the second coming of Christ as described in Revelation 19:11-18. Martin did eight drawings for the video curriculum I did with Kathy Troccoli called Forever in Love with Jesus. When I asked him to draw this one, he hesitated, feeling perhaps it was too holy to draw — and yet, I’m so glad he did. (He doesn’t have it on his website, but contact information is on his website.) Read the passage that inspired it, meditate on the drawing, and describe the majesty, holiness, and power of Jesus Christ in His Second coming. (I long for you to find Jesus beautiful this Advent — to see that He comes, not only as a baby in the manger, but as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.)
Tell us what you discover.
3. I watched lots of videos on O Come O Come Emmanuel and this is the one that led by heart to worship.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOAtLJeV7yk Please watch it, let wonder come to you, and tell us why.
#4. If you don’t know the music to O Come O Come Emmanuel you can find it on the internet — such as cyberhymnal. Meditate on the amazing words to this great Christmas hymn. Tell us what you discover. If you can find the names used for Jesus in this carol in Scripture, you can dig deeper and tell us of the gold you mine.
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
#5. What is your take-a-way during Advent Week 1?