We hope you set aside a few mornings in the next couple weeks to reflect on the Christmas story over a cup of coffee. If you received one of our gift sets, notice each packet of coffee is a special blend created to represent a character of the Christmas story.

Use this guide to read more about each character. Look up the Bible passages under each short reading. 

On this page, you’ll find audio of sermons about each of these characters in the weeks preceding Christmas. If you plan on brewing a pot then listening to a sermon, they will be presented in the order of The Virgin, The Shepherds, the Wisemen, and, finally, The Christ.

God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

The Virgin

The Coffee: A medium roast with notes of tangy lemon and lime and a sweet, floral aftertaste.

Reflection: Mary was the virgin chosen for the miraculous conception and birth of the Savior of the world. As you experience this coffee, notice the smooth, bright flavor that represents Mary’s youth and innocence. Reflect on your youth and how prepared you would have been for such an important task.

Going Deeper:
Mary knew the Scriptures, evidenced by the song she sang to her cousin Elizabeth. She probably heard the prophecy of Isaiah, which said, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) She never in her life would’ve imagined the virgin would be her.

Initially afraid and confused when an angel explained God’s plan, Mary absorbed the magnitude of the task before her and rejoiced. God was with Mary in a uniquely miraculous way. 

When He chooses us for difficult tasks, we can rejoice He is Immanuel, God with us. 

God’s Word:
Luke 1:26-56 — The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth to tell a young woman she’s been chosen for a special job. Mary sang a hymn known as Magnificat, which in Latin means to magnify or glorify.
Luke 2:1-7 — Mary and her fiancé Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to register with the Roman government. She gives birth to Jesus.

Sermon Audio:

The Shepherds

The Coffee: A dark roast with smoky and savory notes and a lingering, salty finish.

Reflection: On a cold, dark night, with the smell of campfire, an angel appeared to lowly shepherds to announce the birth of the Christ. As you experience this coffee, taste the earthy profile and take comfort that Jesus offers salvation for all.

Going Deeper:
Sheep were a major part of the Israeli economy, history, and culture, beginning with Abel, the son of Adam, who kept sheep.  The Scriptures are full of references to sheep, not least among them being a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ in the Passover lamb that was sacrificed.

Shepherding was not a prestigious job. God chose to first announce the arrival of the King to the common, everyday man. These earthy men who lived on the margins of society were the only people mentioned in the Christmas narrative to see and hear the angels sing. 

The salvation Christ brought to the world truly is offered to all. Jesus had a special place in his heart for the poor and a tough message for the rich.

God’s Word:
Luke 2:8-20 — Angels announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds living in the fields. 
Mark 10:17-31 — A rich man approaches Jesus and ask what he must do to inherit eternal life.
Luke 4:16-29 — Jesus reads a prophecy of his mission to the poor and broken.

The Wisemen

The Coffee: A medium roast with notes of crisp honeydew and a smooth cinnamon finish.

Reflection: The wisemen saw signs in the sky that fulfilled prophecies of the Christ. They brought gifts suitable for a king. As you experience this coffee, notice the rich blend of melon and cinnamon. Reflect on the emotions they must’ve felt presenting gifts to the Savior of the world.

Going Deeper:
Six hundred years prior to the birth of Christ, the land of Judah was invaded and the Israelites were sent to Babylonia as slaves.
 
Babylonia was an advanced civilization with libraries, literature, mathematics, and astronomy. The Jews kept their sacred Scriptures and taught them to the most educated and wisest of the Babylonians, the Magi.

The Magi who came from the East knew of the prophecies of the Messiah. After searching for almost two years, they found him and presented Jesus with myrrh, gold, and frankincense. We too can seek the Christ and pledge our allegiance to the Messiah, King Jesus.

God’s Word:
Daniel 1 — Three boys were enslaved and trained in the ways of the Babylonians, but they refused to let go of God.
Isaiah 9:1-7 — Isaiah revealed a prophecy of a child King.
Matthew 2:1-12 — Wise men come from the East in search of the King.

The Christ

The Coffee: A medium roast with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and dark chocolate.

Reflection: Considered the second Adam, Jesus came to repair the damage caused by the choice we’ve made to follow in the first Adam’s footsteps when he ate the forbidden fruit. As you experience this coffee, notice the subtle notes of fruit. Reflect on your own Adam moments and believe in the Christ.

Going Deeper:
The word Christ comes from a Greek word that meant to smear with oil, which was a ritual act in choosing someone for a special purpose.  Jesus was chosen as the second Adam to give us life.

The first Adam was born in an innocent state, but chose to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Through his disobedient act, one man introduced sin, brokenness, and death into the world. Now all follow in Adam’s pattern of rebellion towards God. 

Through Jesus’ obedient act, one man brought righteousness, healing, and life into the world. Now all who place their faith in Jesus are justified before God. 

God’s Word:
Romans 5: 12-20 — Death came through Adam but life came through Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-14 – Jesus gave himself for us to redeem us from wickedness and to make us his people.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21 — Jesus came to reconcile us with God. Even though he was sinless, he paid the price for our sin.

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