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Advent Devotional Guide Week 3

John 13:34-35

(34)  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

(35)  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Why do we celebrate Christmas? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I'm not talking about, "What is the reason for the season?" or "What is Christmas really about?". I'm talking about why we have made Christmas a holiday at all. If we think about the Jewish holidays that were celebrated at the time of Jesus, most of them revolve around some type of deliverance. We start with the Passover, which is a reminder of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. You have Yom Kippur, which is about atonement for sins. Hanukkah is about deliverance of the Jews from external rule in the Intertestamental Period (a 400 year period of time between the Old and New Testaments).