The Christmas season can be full of anticipation! We anticipate Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas movies, Christmas music, the joy of giving gifts (but not the “joy” of shopping), time off work, time with friends and family (but not “too much” time).
But sometimes once the wait is over we are glad it’s over and can’t wait to get on to the next thing or get life back to normal. Christmas may be good for a day or even a season, but not the rest of the year. What if Christmas – at least the story of the first Christmas – is part of what could (should) be normal in life? What if, in all the anticipation of Christmas, we lose the intent behind and message of Christmas?
CCC’s Christmas-ing series is about recalibrating our approach to Christmas to embrace the story of the first Christmas. In that story, there was this guy named Simeon and gal named Anna who had been anticipating the arrival of a very significant person (check out AntcipatING, which was part 1 of the series). Shortly after the first Christmas, their wait was over!
Take a few minutes to read Luke 2:25-40 and the next step of considering the following questions about the position you may find yourself in this Christmas season.
- What do you anticipate most about Christmas?
- What do you anticipate least about Christmas?
- How does our anticipation influence the way we approach Christmas?
- What do you think it means to be “righteous and devout”?
- Have you ever waited a long time for something like Simeon waited for the Messiah? How did you feel as you waited?
- Do you think Simeon was just in the right place at the right time or did he position himself to be where God desired him to be? How about Anna?
- How does it seem Simeon felt when he realized his wait was over having met Jesus?
- What do you think it means for Jesus to be “for all people”? What does that mean for you personally?
- What do you think it means for Jesus to be “a light to guide the nations”? What does that mean for you personally?
- Why do you think Joseph & Mary were amazed at what Simeon said about Jesus?
- Why do you think Anna began talking to everybody about Jesus?
- Do you think this “first Christmas news” about Jesus is still news people need to hear today? Why or why not?
- What next steps will you take to position yourself and others for Christmas to be the right place at the right time?
Christmas-ing is actually a real thing – it’s using a gift you receive on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. If you use the gift after Christmas, it’s not considered Christmas-ing. If you use the gift on Christmas and never again, you’ve stopped Chrismas-ing. The story of the first Christmas is not something to be used on a day or even through a season. The story of the first Christmas changes everything every day for everyone!
Today is Monday – make it a day where you position yourself to embrace the story of the first Christmas!