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Looking for Jesus


This Christmas my family and I are using the Countdown to Christmas game, and enjoying our every Sunday Advent candles and readings.   We’re doing much of what we’ve done as a family in years past (see HERE and HERE.)   The main objective for our family during the Christmas season is to create anticipation about the coming Savior, not the gifts.   We talk all month about how the people before Jesus were waiting for Him, how they needed to be redeemed, and how they anticipated the return of a King. Everything is about Jesus.   The Jesus candle is in the center of our Advent Candles, Jesus is the reason why we exchange gifts, the Birth of Jesus is the answer to the prayers of God’s people, and there is no other reason to celebrate Christmas if you take out Jesus!

This year our family prayer is that we’ll see Jesus in the midst of everything else we partake in during this Holiday season.   I know that my children will be experiencing Christmas parties at school, they will be inundated with toy commercials on Disney, they will see countless Christmas light decorations, eat delicious Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, and enjoy this fun kid-friendly time of year.   In the midst of this I want to help them find Jesus.   I’m not talking about finding the actual “Baby Jesus” in the nativity scene, but finding the things that point to Christ.   Everything points to Him, if we will only look closely.

We’ve already talked about how our excitement about being out of school is similar to the excitement God’s people felt about the coming Savior.   The lights on our candles light up a dark room, in the same way the presence of Christ lights up a dark world.   I know, I know… it’s a stretch, but I want my kids to see that Jesus is in everything we do at Christmas.   He’s really there.   Just look closer…

What steps are you taking to make sure your family finds Jesus this year?

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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.