Connection Questions

Divine Demotion

December 19, 2013

The majesty of Christmas is in the birth of Christ. It’s in the journey He chose to take from the presence of Almighty God—equal to God—to become a man. Regardless of what you think of yourself, Jesus considers you worth it! He took a Divine Demotion so you could be raised up. Let’s reflect on His journey of demotion.

Connection Questions
  1. In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”. Who do you think God was talking to?
  2. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth. But it was not His beginning; He already was. Read Colossians 1:15-18 and discuss.
  3. Jesus first chose to be demoted from the presence of God to an earthly body. Pastor mentions several other ways He faced demotion here on earth: as an alien in a foreign land, as a servant washing feet, as a criminal betrayed and beaten … Reflect on these experiences Jesus suffered as a man.
  4. What would you consider Jesus’ most humbling act of demotion? Read Philippians 2:8.
  5. What did we gain from Christ becoming man?

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We lift Him high with adoration and praise. But there was a time when He walked on earth and willingly suffered at the hands of the very people He came to save. Remember with a grateful heart, He first served us and He first loved us. He stepped down from heavenly places and chose to be Immanuel, God with us.

Connection Point

Today, Lord, I pour out my heart in worship to You. I lift You high, because You chose to come down. I’m grateful that You became the Son of man, so that I may become the son/daughter of God. Help me to remember this Christmas that it was Your love for me that brought You here as a baby in that stable. And the best gift of all is You, Immanuel!

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