These days, you can get advent calendars for almost anything. But here at Decibel, we wanted to countdown to the very special celebration of Christmas with a series of meaningful reminders.
Two millennia ago, God sent His Son as a baby to the earth we call home, and as clickbait titles go: You won’t believe what happens next.
If you haven’t been following our advent calendar on Facebook or Instagram, here is the second half of our 2017 Advent!
You’d think that our Lord Jesus’ birth would’ve been welcomed with great fanfare, but the truth is, He came on a cold, silent night while the world was sleeping. Even before we knew about Jesus or cared about Him, He came into our world to be our salvation (see Romans 1:16).⠀ ⠀ The word “salvation” in this verse comes from the beautiful Greek word “soteria”, which doesn’t just refer to Jesus saving us from hell, but also being our deliverance, protection, health, wholeness and more, for all who believe in Him.⠀ ⠀ Will you own that today, my friend, and know that you’re more loved than you could ever fathom or imagine? #decibeladventcal17
Would you believe that God isn’t repelled by man’s corruption, but draws so near to shine His light into our darkness?⠀ ⠀ The Israel that baby Jesus was born into was under the tyrannical rule of Rome. There was much infighting amongst her people, and women and children were cruelly oppressed. But the Savior of the world came anyway, to bring His love, healing, and restoration into a dark world. And He’s STILL here in our world today amidst all the news of corruption, evil, and violence.⠀ ⠀ As believers, He’s still our light, hope, and protection, even as the world seems to be getting darker and darker (see Isa 60:2–3). Let your heart find rest in Him. #decibeladventcal17
When Jesus was born, did you know that the dark night sky was flooded with glorious light as the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)? Midnight literally became midday when Jesus came into our world!⠀ ⠀ Today, if all you can see in YOUR world is darkness—be it broken relationships, financial or health problems—know that Jesus wants to banish every last bit of that darkness with His marvelous light. He’s still your very present help in time of need, and most willing and able to turn things around (Ps 46:1). You can find new hope in Him today. ? #decibeladventcal17
These were the very first words heaven spoke when Jesus was born (through an angel who terrified some men when he appeared to them, no less ?). Honestly though, our loving heavenly Father does remind us not to be afraid many times in His Word (Isa 41:10; John 14:27 and more).⠀ ⠀ He already knew that we’d be afraid of many things—of tomorrow, of that symptom in our body, of being left alone… and He wants to drive every single fear out with His perfect love. He’s promised to never leave nor forsake you, and He’s here to help you always.⠀ ⠀ Next time the fear hits, we pray that you’ll remember Him! #decibeladventcal17
When Jesus was born, wise men brought expensive, precious gifts from afar to Him: Namely gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matt 2:11). But did you know that each gift carries beautiful reminders of Jesus’ love for us?⠀ ⠀ Firstly, gold represents His divinity and godliness. Yet, the King of kings and Lord of lords chose to come into our world as a helpless baby (can you believe that?) and grow up as a man. Just so He could feel the whole gamut of human emotions, die on the cross for our sins, and become the king of our hearts today (Gal 2:20).⠀ ⠀ Don’t you just love Him? We’ll be talking about the significance of frankincense tomorrow, so stay tuned! #decibeladventcal17
Think frankincense, and aromatherapy comes to mind. But did you know that this essential oil was also one of the wise men’s gifts to baby Jesus? Its sweet fragrance speaks of Jesus’ amazing life on earth: How He went about healing the sick, feeding the hungry, loving society’s outcasts, even delivering the demon-possessed from their afflictions!⠀ ⠀ And just as essential oils release their fragrance best via a flame’s heat, possibly the most excellent (fragrant) thing Jesus did was to bear the fires of God’s judgment for us on the cross. Best of all, our lives emit that very same fragrance as we read about Jesus’ life in His Word and allow Him to transform us into His image (check out 2 Cor 3:18; 2 Cor 2:15, NLT).⠀ ⠀ Will you get to know Him a little more today? ? ⠀ #decibeladventcal17
You might be thinking, what exactly is myrrh? Stay with us, for there’s a beautiful significance in this gift from the wise men to baby Jesus.⠀ ⠀ It’s a reddish, fragrant gum resin that’s used in perfume and medicine, and is extracted by making incisions into the myrrh tree. The way it drips slowly—like a teardrop—symbolizes how Jesus wept and bled for us when He died on the cross for our sins. “Myrrh” also comes from the Hebrew word marar, which means “bitter”—symbolizing the bitter suffering that Jesus went through, because of love. He was also buried in myrrh and spices, before rising again on the third day—to an eternity of relationship with us.⠀ ⠀ If you’re gifting myrrh essential oils or perfumes to anyone this Christmas, don’t forget to share these precious truths with them too 🙂 #decibeladventcal17
We hang ornaments on Christmas trees and place gifts under them, but did you know that the greatest gift of all hung on another tree 2,000 years ago?⠀ ⠀ God’s Word says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—and that was what Jesus became when He went to the cross for us. He bore every single curse (punishment) which should’ve befallen us upon our failing to keep the law, so that we might enjoy every one of God’s blessings today instead (see Gal 3:13–14).⠀ ⠀ Next time you see a Christmas tree this season, we pray that it’ll remind you of how you have access to every bit of the Lord’s goodness—He’s paid for it all with His life in love. ? #decibeladventcal17
Ever wondered what it means for Jesus to be called “Wonderful” in Isaiah 9:6? If you look up the word in the original Hebrew, you’ll see that it actually means “miracle.”⠀ ⠀ Indeed, Jesus performed many miracles recorded in His Word: Be it multiplying five loaves and two fish to feed nearly 20,000 people (the 5,000 mentioned in the Bible didn’t include women and children!), stilling a violent storm with a word, or even raising a girl from the dead. And because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, He’s still in the business of working miracles in your life.⠀ ⠀ So if you’re facing a chronic condition, broken relationship, or overwhelming demands at work today, will you bring it to your miracle worker? For what is impossible with man is possible with Him (see Luke 18:27). ? #decibeladventcal17
If you’ve ever sung the song where Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (@hillsongunited here’s looking at you. We totally LOVE this song), this is what it means for you.⠀ ⠀ Jesus was the only baby born to die, and of ALL things He could’ve told His disciples on the night He died for our sins, He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) As believers, we have His very same peace which doesn’t disappear when things get tough, because it’s founded upon Jesus’ giving us the Holy Spirit, our Helper who’ll guide us in all affairs of life (check out the verse before!).⠀ ⠀ May you find rest in that today. #decibeladventcal17
Hey folks, it’s ALREADY Christmas Eve!!⠀ ⠀ What a ride this advent countdown has been. Over the last 23 days, we’ve talked about so many amazing aspects of our Lord Jesus and what it means for us. AND the best part is: If God did not spare His only Son but freely delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not, WITH JESUS, freely give us all things? (Rom 8:32) All things includes good health. Great relationships. Being financially provided for. Having abundant joy. Walking out your calling in Him.⠀ ⠀ It doesn’t mean that life will be trouble-free, but it does mean that as you spend time with the Lord (talking with Him, reading His Word, singing that worship song), just enjoying your relationship with Him, you’ll find yourself stepping more and more into His abundant life.⠀ ⠀ We’ve got one more special video coming up tomorrow on Christmas Day! If you enjoyed our Advent Cal, follow us for more great content like this. ? #decibeladventcal17