LoveGodGreatly-AdventI love road trips. Before GPS we used a good old fashioned and highlighters and we highlight as we drove so we could see the progress we were making. Despite the innumerable potty breaks that start 5 min. from home, crayons that end up rolling around the van, car sickness, spilled food, and hundred’s of “are we there yet”, road trips are so fun. But arriving at our destination is even better.  That’s when we can finally relax and find rest.

Our road to Christmas study has led through many stories of people, particularly women, that God used in building the family tree of Christ. We have studied a few of these women over the Advent season and we will look at one more this week, namely Bathsheba.

The women we have studied were far from perfect and did not live easy lives. The woman we will look at this week is no different. Bathsheba has been called unfaithful, an adulterous, a victim and a woman draped in tragedy.

She experienced a great wrong done to her, she suffered heart-breaking loss, and ended up the wife of a man who was not only a murderer, but also the king of Israel and a man called “a man after God’s own heart”. In one sense sin brought these two together, but it was also somehow the mysterious, sovereign plan of God. A plan to pave the road for the coming of the Messiah.

The Road to Christmas leads us through the lives of sinful men and women in need of salvation. Our study will end this week with us looking in the face of this salvation. We will see the son of God become the Son of Man. We will witness  “the Word” take on flesh in order to save the women we have studied over the last few weeks. The good news is that this salvation is for us also–for anyone who believes. This is a great reason to celebrate.

I know that this week will be a busy week for many of us. It may be filled with parties, activities, time with family and friends and church services. All of these things are good things but don’t let it take you away from spending time with the one whose birth we are celebrating.

Don’t celebrate Christmas while neglecting the Christ whom Christmas is all about.



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Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn grew up in Germany and then spent her teenage years in Africa, where her parents were missionaries. She moved to the United States for college and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she met her husband. They have been married for twenty-two years and have four children. Jen lives in the suburbs of Chicago, where her husband is the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship. Jen is passionate about theology and the connection to daily living.

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