Apparently, I left off the last day of our Truth in the Tinsel Experience mistakenly. I kept thinking I was forgetting a day when I was typing up my last post. And alas, it popped into my mind today. I couldn’t remember the last and most important day (and my favorite) of the whole “Experience!” Sometimes I honestly don’t know where my brain is!
The reason this day of Truth in the Tinsel is my favorite is it doesn’t end the advent experience with Jesus as a baby and only celebrating His birth. Jesus did not stay a baby. He grew up! He fulfilled the prophecies told about Him in the old testament, such as in Luke 4:18~
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Jesus had read that portion of the book of Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth, and then after he reads the scripture He says in Luke 4:21~
“And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
He did many miracles and signs and ultimately went to the cross for our sins. The Christmas story shouldn’t just end with Jesus as a baby, it shouldn’t just end with Him going to the cross for us although it was crucial in the rescue plan. I love how The Jesus Storybook puts it in it’s ending section of Revelation~
“I am the Beginning,” Jesus said, “and the Ending!” One day, John knew, Heaven would come down and mend God’s broken world and make it our true, perfect home once again. And he knew, in some mysterious way that would be hard to explain, that everything was going to be more wonderful for once having been so sad. And he knew then that the ending of The Story was going to be so great, it would make all the sadness and tears and everything seem like just a shadow that is chased away by the morning sun. “I’m on my way,” said Jesus. “I’ll be there soon!” John came to the end of his book. But he didn’t write “The End.” Because, of course, that’s how stories finish. (And this one’s not over yet.) So instead, he wrote: “Come quickly, Jesus!” Which, perhaps, is really just another way of saying… To be continued…
If you don’t have The Jesus Storybook Bible, I really recommend it. I read it with Judah, my three year old. Justin reads The Gospel Story Bible with Landon who is six. It is also such a great Bible for kids, but on a slightly higher level. It has a “talk about it” section that I like as well to help ensure your kids comprehend what they are reading.
For the craft part of day twenty-four, you guessed it…We made a cross. We took two pipe cleaners and added beads and then intertwined them. Ours were of the earthy-natural variety. :)
Not to switch the topic of my post, but I wanted to share my verse for the Beth Moore Siesta Scripture Memory Team that I shared on New Year’s. I picked Lamentations 3:22-26 (NKJV)~
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
It helps me to memorize it by typing it out too. Each month I will be memorizing two verses or two sets of scripture (for this time I picked more than one verse). I have until the fifteenth of each month to learn the first one for the month. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing, and I’m sure I will share what verse I’m doing on the first and fifteenth of each month. :) Will you keep me accountable too, and pray that He will help me to be consistent with this? Do you want to be challenged to hide His word in your heart? Click here to go to the Living Proof Ministry blog. If you are a part of the Siesta Scripture Team, I would love to know what verses you are memorizing. Leave me a comment and let me know!