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Poinsettia Red: The Color Of God's Heart

December 13, 2015

Topic: Advent Passage: Luke 2:1–2:7

Introduction: What do you know about the color red when it comes to decorating? Other uses?

What has been a traumatic experience you have had with blood? Please describe and offer any insights you gained.

Read Luke 2:1-7

A. One does not give birth w/out giving blood.
a. Describe a birth experience. Were you surprised by the blood?
b. Read Leviticus 17:11. Describe an experience (personal or secondhand) of getting a blood transfusion. Do you see any spiritual correlations?
c. Dr. Sherwin Nuland, in his book “How We Die” says that every death can be reduced to generally one issue: a lack of oxygen. How does oxygen get to the body cells? Is there a spiritual analogy here? What comes to mind?
d. Have you given blood? Did you think about what you were giving to another person? Comments.
e. Read John 1:4. How is it that Mary “gave life” to her Son and yet the Son had life within Himself?

B. The knife does not cut/pierce w/out drawing blood.
a. Read Luke 2:21. 8 days after birth of a son two things happened in Jewish culture: (1) He was circumcised(Genesis 17:12). (2) He was officially named. What significance did His circumcision have? What significance in the naming?
b. At 40 days from birth (Leviticus ), the firstborn son was to be presented in the temple (Exodus 12:12f.). Read Luke 2:22-35. What strikes you about this scene?
c. Is it fair to suggest that most kids “draw blood from”/ “stick it to” the parents? Describe a time when you might have done this, even unknowingly.
d. Recall some of the moments in Jesus’ ministry when He made it challenging for His mother. Can you imagine some of Mary’s feelings during these moments?

C. This Son, returns “life blood” it His mother.
a. Read John 19:17-18; 25. What comes to mind when you try to imagine this scene?
b. Read 1 Peter 1:13-21. What “jumps out at you from this passage”?
c. Think about and describe the moment you received the “transfusion of Christ’s blood”. How would you describe that “transfusion” effect on your life?

Conclusion: What is your biggest “take-away” from this study? Who might you share it with?