Christmas 2021

Welcome to A Scarlet Cord of Hope, the 2021 advent series of University Fellowship Church Women. The narratives on this page tell how God wove hope from creation to the creche and how He continues to point us to the final fulfillment of hope in the one-day-soon second coming of Jesus Christ. Author Jaime Sherman drew from biblical, Jewish, and historical sources as she penned this series. Scripture is taken from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

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Holding on to Hope

Welcome to the best birthday celebration of the year! Today we remember that more than 2,000 years ago God wrapped Himself with humanity and came to earth as a baby boy to fulfill a long-standing promise to His image bearers. He came as the Prince of Peace to calm a worried world. As Christ the Lord, the Promised One, to rule. As Jesus, Son of the Most High, to submit. As the Morning Star to push out all darkness. And as the Lamb of God to atone for the sins of His people.

A Star Lights the Way

While We Three Kings is a popular Christmas song, it’s unlikely that the wise men, known as magi, who visited Jesus were actual kings from the East. Rather, the Greek word μάγοι, or magoi, indicates that they were learned Gentile men considered magicians in their time. But they weren’t magicians or wizards as we define them today. Rather, magi were men skilled in astronomy, religion, and medicine and were known for interpreting dreams and most likely worshiping heavenly bodies.

Waiting for the Messiah

Today we meet Simeon and Anna in Jerusalem as their longing for a Messiah is recognized in the Baby nestled in a young mama’s arms. They spot Him not because a golden halo hovers over Him or an audible voice declares, “This is the Messiah.” No, they recognize the Son of God incarnate as a baby because they are living set apart for God, ever in His presence.

At Migdal Eder

One night sometime after 8 B.C., the year Caesar Augustus decreed the world’s population should be counted, shepherds tucked their flocks safely inside the rocky folds at Migdal Eder outside the sleepy town of Bethlehem just as their forefathers for countless generations had done night after night. Charged with watching over the temple sacrifices pastured just south of Jerusalem, theirs was an important albeit quiet, monotonous life’s work until the night when an angel appeared to them with a loud, life-changing announcement. Their deliverer, the hope of a waiting world, had been born.

The Promised One

Before the angel of God appeared to Zechariah and then to Mary and to Joseph, God’s voice had been silent for 400 years. His people could trace God’s scarlet cord of hope from Adam through the prophets, and they knew the promise that a messiah would come to make all things right again. But one century spanned into the next, and their hope for a rescuer to break into their world grew dim…

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Author Bio

Jaime Sherman is a writer and editor for ufcwomen.blog but most importantly a child of the King of kings, the wife of one amazing man for nearly 20 years, and mama of five girls and one boy. Jaime first began “writing” when she was 9 months old. Holding a pencil correctly and copying the movements of her mama, she scribbled her first lines. Then as a toddler, she mimicked her newspaper reporter grandad and pastor daddy, who often had pens and 3×5 cards at the ready to take notes. At 16, she pursued a future as a newspaper reporter and editor, and while she enjoyed reporting for local papers and teaching writing, her true passion began to unfold in 2006 while studying the life of Abraham and the other patriarchs of faith from Hebrews 11. Strongly influenced by her grandfather’s information-gathering skills, the storytelling of Francine Rivers, and the devotional writing of Ann Voskamp, Jaime now spends quiet moments — and not so quiet moments — each day pouring over biblical, Jewish, and historical accounts to bring the stories of the Bible alive for her sisters in Christ. Her prayer is that you, too, would fall in love with God’s Word but even more so with the One Who gives hope in this sin-scarred world — Jesus Christ.


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