The GIFT of REDEMPTION
The ultimate gift of Christmas is the fact that God rescued humanity from an eternity void of His presence. More than anything else this Christmas, God wants you to understand what redemption means for you personally. Within Zechariah’s song, we notice three truths about the reality of redemption.
To fully comprehend these three truths, ask yourself these three questions:
Will you wake up?
Will you confess that you’re a sinner?
Will you follow Jesus Christ as your leader?
1. What is your favorite aspect of Christmas? What do you appreciate most about this season?
2. Do you think the “gift of redemption” has gotten lost in all the busyness and materialism of the holidays? What can you do to help those around you understand the meaning of Christmas? What will you do to teach others that Christmas is about God’s redemption?
3. Read Ephesians 1:7; Psalm 111:9; Luke 21:28; Romans 3:23-25; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 1:29-31; Hebrews 9:12. What do these verses teach us about God’s redemption?
4. Read Mark 10:45. Jesus did not come to be served, but instead to give His life as a ransom for many people. Discuss what it means to give a ransom for someone or something.
5. The shofar was blown in ancient Israel to warn people (Ezekiel 33:3); declare God’s victory (Joshua 6:20); prepare people for God’s voice (Exodus 19:19); and signify the coming of the king (Isaiah 27:13). The sound of the trumpet would alert people to the work of God. Share an event which woke you up. What awakened you from a slumber?
Applying the Bible
6. Is there something in your life you need to confess to God? What will you do to make sure you repent from this sin so that it remains in your past? Pray through 1 John 1:8-10.
7. “Follow Me” (Matthew 4:19). Is Jesus your leader? Do you listen to what He wants from you? Even if it is difficult, do you follow Him?