{Advent} The Present

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells how Abraham trusted God as his father, so did what he asked: went to offer his one and only son because he loved God that much. And how Isaac didn’t run away because he trusted his father. It hit me how much like God and Jesus this is: God was willing to sacrifice His Only Son because of how much He loves you and me, and Jesus trusted his father and did not struggle, but allowed himself to be sacrificed to save us.

“Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He wouldn’t struggle or run away.”

The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”

_MG_4646Genesis 22

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.