Grow Deep: Revealing Jesus Edition, Week 4

Week 4: December 24-30

Who Is He?

“But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

We asked in song this week, “What Child is this, who laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping?” What a great question! When the Child had grown, John the Baptist sent messengers to ask Jesus, “Are you the One we’ve been waiting for, or is it someone else?” (Matthew 11:2). Jesus’ opponents often asked, “Who do You think You are?”

(John 8:53). Once in a boat on the lake His disciples asked, “Who is this, that even the wind and the waves obey Him?” (Luke 8:25). Then one day, Jesus Himself made this the most important question ever when He asked His disciples, “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).

Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our hearts, to see Him for who He truly is, to know without any uncertainty that He is indeed the One everyone is seeking. This week, with the help of the prophets of old, Isaiah and Malachi, we’ll look at how all the faithful born before Jesus anticipated His coming, and for whom they were waiting. With the help of the testimony of the great missionary, Paul, we’ll consider the uniqueness of this Messiah, the One who is both God and Man. And with the Gospel writers John, who knew Him well, and Luke, who did the extensive research, we’ll explore that critically important question, “Who is Jesus?”

How do you answer the question that the Lord Jesus is still asking today: “Who do YOU say that I am?” This week, Jesus Himself will help you discover how the correct answer to that question can bring the fullness of peace and joy of which the angels sang long ago on that Christmas night. And that’s why He came, bringing peace and joy!

 

Sunday, December 24

Read: Luke 2:1-20

These familiar words bring us right back to a very specific place and an exact time in history. There were some in this beautiful story who had known just who Jesus was since the dawn of creation: the angels. On that glorious evening, the angels had the joy of announcing the news for which the world had been waiting for a long, long time. What a joy it must have been for them to share the good news!

Reflection: How did the angels, who had known the Son of God since creation, describe who He is in verse 11? Which promise of verse 10 do you find the most comforting? What does the blessing of peace on earth (verse 14) mean to you?

For the Family: Who can think of a Christmas song that tells part of the story we read from Luke 2? How many can you think of? Sing a favorite verse together!

 

Monday, December 25

Read: John 1:1-5, 10-14

In one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring passages of Scripture, the Apostle John paints an amazing picture to answer the question, “Who Is He?” Jesus is completely unique. He was there at the creation of the world, but He became a part of that created world when made flesh. He is the Light of the whole world, the One through whom everything makes sense and holds together, but He was rejected by so many who preferred to stay in the darkness. Who do you say that Jesus is?

Reflection: How does John describe the gift of faith in verses 10-13? Which part of verse 14 helps you understand better who Jesus is?

For the Family: See if you can list three great blessings of being children of God (verse 12).

 

Tuesday, December 26

Read: Colossians 1:5-23

Power. It’s what makes the world go. Wars have been fought for it. Fortunes have been spent seeking it. The powerless suffer from the lack of it, and the powerful want more. In this soaring song of praise to Jesus, Paul describes the source of all power and the greatest power of all: the power of God’s love. Read today’s passage paying attention to the discussion of power.

Reflection: How would the world be different if everyone recognized the power of Jesus? The cross was an ancient symbol of weakness. How did Jesus change that (verses 19-22)?

For the Family: Complete this sentence: “Jesus is so strong that He can…”

 

Wednesday, December 27

Read: Isaiah 9:2-7

Isaiah speaks about a Child who would one day be born. This is one of the most famous of Isaiah’s prophecies; many can quote the part about the Child from memory, maybe even sing it to the tune Handel wrote! But a careful look at the whole passage describes anything but a frail little Child. That’s Jesus, born lowly in a manger, yet the King of all creation. What does this prophecy teach you about who He is?

Reflection: What’s the connection between light and joy/rejoicing? How does this passage describe a Jesus different from “meek and mild”? How does He reveal that He’s still in charge today?

For the Family: Why is a king more powerful than a president? What makes Jesus the greatest King?

 

Thursday, December 28

Read: Colossians 2:9-12

Christmas is the Feast of the Incarnation. Incarnation means “in the flesh.” The great gift of a Savior, God who became a flesh and bones human being, is that we can see what God is really like in real, tangible form. He was born with a body in order to die and be buried in the flesh, just like we will. But He rose to make us full, full of God’s wonderful gifts of love, joy, and peace.

Reflection: Notice how fullness is mentioned twice in verses 9-10. What fullness has Jesus given you? How would you describe His blessing in your life?

For the Family: What things did Jesus do to show people that He really is God?

 

Friday, December 29

Read: Malachi 3:1-4

Fire is a wonderful gift. Fire has enormous power to do good things or to do terribly destructive things. The Day of the Lord is a day of refining fire. That’s good news for the “gold and silver,” those who will be revealed as the Lord’s treasured ones. But it is bad news for all the impurities that are destroyed by fire. Who do you say that Jesus is?

Reflection: What does it mean to “fear the Lord”? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Is there comfort in this prophecy?

For the Family: You are God’s gold and silver. How does that make you feel?

 

Saturday, December 30

Read: Luke 2:22-32

Simeon is such a great example of faith for us. He waited and waited. Then, when the right time came, Jesus made His appearance. Even though most people would never have recognized Him, Simeon did. Few people would consider something as weak and powerless as a tiny baby to be an object for worship. Simeon did. Have you seen Jesus today?

Reflection: Why has Jesus chosen to make His appearance incognito? Will you recognize Him today? What’s your song to Jesus?

For the Family: What’s your favorite part of going to the Lord’s house? Do you see Jesus there?