In Week One of our Advent Series (“God in the Flesh”) we focused on Matthew 1:23, which tells us that Jesus Christ is “God with us.” In the incarnation God drew closer to humanity than ever before by taking on humanity himself. He was present with us in a way he had never been before, and even now he remains with us by his Spirit who lives in everyone of his followers.

In Week Two we saw that Jesus Christ is also “God in our place.” That is, he substituted himself for us and, in an act of sacrificial, substitutionary love, he died for us — the Creator for his creation — in order to save us from our sin. What love! What mercy! What a God!

Here are some questions to help you reflect on and respond to that message.    Read the rest of this entry »