Many of the popular Christmas traditions, like stockings hung above the fireplace and blinking lights on fir trees, have little to do with Christ’s birth. This book will give you a variety of ways to preserve the real meaning of Christmas by keeping God’s Word central in your home.
The word advent means “arrival.” Advent traditions celebrate the first advent—the birth—of Jesus Christ. These same celebrations view the Christmas story in light of God’s larger plan of salvation, looking forward to his second advent—his return—as King. While the virgin birth of Jesus is amazing, what Jesus did in dying on the cross for our sins is the most incredible part of his story. We would have little reason to celebrate apart from the saving work of Jesus on the cross and the anticipation of his return.
Prepare Him Room will take you on an Advent journey, exploring some of the most significant prophecies of the Bible—prophecies that foretold Christ’s coming hundreds of years before it happened. Then, it will lead you through the fulfillment of those same proph- ecies tracing the redemptive plan of God all the way to Christ’s second advent. In addition to an Advent Bible study, we’ve provided activities for your family to enjoy along with a heartwarming Christmas story, “Bartimaeus,” to read during the Christmas season.
It is my hope that this book will help your family keep Christ central in your Christmas celebrations and that the gospel truth of Advent will be used by God to transform lives in your family.
Excerpt from the introduction of Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski. Our church families are using the readings, music, and crafts for Advent this year. Here is a way you can access the music for week 1.