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Love Came Down at Christmas

A Daily Advent Devotional

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Advent devotional on 1 Corinthians 13, reflecting on Jesus—the source of authentic, divine, transforming love.

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Everyone seems to say that Christmas is about love. It’s in the songs we hear as we shop for presents and in the adverts we see on TV. It’s in the cards we send and on the gift tags we write.

And Christians can agree. Christmas really is about love, because love came down at Christmas in the person of Jesus Christ.

This Advent devotional contains 24 daily readings from 1 Corinthians 13. Sinclair B Ferguson brings the rich theology of the incarnation to life with his trademark warmth and clarity. We'll see what “love” looked like in the life of Christ and we'll be challenged to love like him.

Each day's reading finishes with a question for reflection and a prayer.

However you're feeling, your heart will be refreshed as you wonder again at the truth that love came down at Christmas.

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  • Introduction
    1. Of Men and Angels
    2. Glittering Powers
    3. The Dead Giveaway
    4. Anyone for Patience?
    5. The Milk of Human Kindness
    6. Happy with Your Lot
    7. One Great Mystery
    8. Harmonious Humility
    9. Love Has Good Manners
    10. Throw Yourself In
    11. Easily Irritated?
    12. The Father’s Heart
    13. Rejoicing: Right or Wrong?
    14. A Covering
    15. Believing Everything and Anything?
    16. Hope Springs Eternal
    17. Endurance Test
    18. Everlasting Love
    19. Future Perfect
    20. Growing Up
    21. Face to Face
    22. The Part Is Not the Whole
    23. “The Well-Known Three”
    24. The Greatest

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Contributors Sinclair B Ferguson
ISBN 9781784982898
Format Paperback
First published October 2018
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.5"
Weight 6.11 oz
Case quantity 33
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

John MacArthur

pastor and teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; president, The Master’s College and Seminary

Sinclair Ferguson has put a powerful tool into our hands in his book Love Came Down at Christmas. Every Christian reader will benefit by acquiring the rich truths of the incarnation of the Son of God for our own worship and evangelism.

Steven J Lawson

President of OnePassion Ministries

Whatever Sinclair Ferguson writes is a must-read for me. This book is no exception. Here, we find this gifted theologian at his devotional best. Every believer and family should read this clear treatment of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do so, and prepare to be blessed.

Christopher Ash

Writer in Residence, Tyndale House, Cambridge.

These devotional meditations are deeply soaked in Scripture, rich, vivid, always nourishing, sometimes challenging, often thrilling. I thank God for them.

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Nov. 28, 2023

“Wonderful devotional for advent!”

Love Came Down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent by Sinclair B Ferguson

I just finished this wonderful book that includes 24 devotions on 1 Corinthians 13, aka "the love chapter." The advent readings focus on the theology of the incarnation while challenging us to love like Christ. I appreciated how each verse of 1 Corinthians 13 was examined in the context of the perfect love that was displayed by Jesus, both in coming to earth as a baby, his ministry and his death and resurrection. As I read this, I felt challenged and encouraged to love like Christ and follow his example.

Each days reading was around 4 pages long and ended with a reflection question and a prayer. I appreciated the phrase by phrase look at this famous chapter of the Bible. I think sometimes it can be easy to become so familiar with parts of the Bible that we forget to look at it with fresh eyes, this devotional helped me do just that. I'd highly recommend this one! I'd also recommend Ferguson's other advent devotional, "The Dawn of Redeeming Grace" (I read that one the past two years and it's wonderful).

Nov. 28, 2023

“One of the best Christmas devotionals I’ve read”

In ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’, Scottish Theologian Sinclair Ferguson walks readers through arguably some of the most well known and most beloved verses in all of Scripture, as he explores why love came down at Christmas in the person of Christ, and the difference this makes in our lives.

My expectations as I began reading the introduction were that the devotions would be based on traditional passages such as Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2, and maybe even Isaiah 9. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that 1 Corinthians 13 would be the focus of these Christmas meditations.

I thought Ferguson did an excellent job at taking such a famed passage, typically used at all kinds of celebratory events to evoke “warm and fuzzy” feelings, to instead use it to challenge the reader, utilising the passage to analysis of our spiritual lives.

Inside you’ll find twenty-four concise daily readings taken from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 that are full of pastoral warmth, wisdom and humour. Devotions conclude with a reflections from Ferguson & prayers from saints gone by.

Throughout, Ferguson provides momentary glimpses into his personal & family life with the occasional vignette, which provided levity in each reading.

I’ve had friends say to me that this is one of those devotionals you can read again and again, and come back to year after year, and I can understand why. Ferguson is gospel-centered, theological, communicates clearly as always, making this book a joy to read.

There’s not too much more I can say, but to grab a copy, get reading, and enjoy gazing upward to Heaven and meditating on why Jesus, the Saviour of the World came down at Christmas.

This book was sent to me by thegoodbookcompanyuk in exchange for an honest review.

Dec. 12, 2019

“Fantastic read”

I am 11 days in and have found each day to be very readable (both in length and style). Each day presents a helpful, loving challenge to my attitudes and behaviour. I have already decided to read it again at the start of the new year and am recommending it to all.

Jan. 26, 2019

“Helpful and very readable”

A helpful, reflective Jesus centred book, just right for quiet times during the busy lead up to Christmas.

Dec. 22, 2018

“More than just an advent devotional”

Love Came Down At Christmas by Sinclair Ferguson brings the message of Christ’s love to you in a unique and special way. Rather than simply focusing on traditional Christmas themes or sections of scripture, Ferguson chose to walk readers through 1 Corinthians 13—the Bible’s famous love chapter.

He reminds us that the words of 1 Corinthians 13 can profoundly move us during the Advent season. We are shown that “when you slow them down, and read them phrase by phrase, and apply them to yourself, they transpose into a different key altogether. They cease to be rhetorically pleasing and emotionally soothing; instead they become an analysis of your spiritual life. They are deeply challenging” (p. 11).

Each day, you get a little bit of exposition, Ferguson’s warm personality and affectionate teaching style, and Christ-focused application. You also get some helpful reflection questions and poetic prayers from various saints throughout church history. The concise, truth-packed chapters are a wonderful way to start each day leading up to Christmas.

Dec. 17, 2018


(Review written for 'Love Came Down at Christmas (ebook)')

I bought copies of this book as Advent gifts for my bible study group. I can't wait each morning to read the day's pages! Seriously, this is the best and most comprehensive Advent book I have used and it goes way beyond Advent. It is a very readable and inspiring treatise on love. Thank you Sinclair for this gift to us all. Everyone should have a copy!

Dec. 10, 2018


I am blown away by this book. I am reading it each day via the PrayerMate app but like it so much I am now coming online to order a paper copy. A wonderful (and challenging and deep) meditation. Could be read any time of year - not just Christmas. Superb.

Nov. 23, 2018

“Bring Sunglasses this ones a blinder”

I came to this book knowing that Sinclair Fergusen is a great thinker, a writer with a deep love of God, His word and His people. But taking the oft-used 1Cor 13 and rescuing it from Weddings, to use coming up to Christmas is a novel and great place to start. But the exposition, reflections and more importantly the beautiful and timeless prayers often featured at the end of each short (but absolutely densely packed) reflections on the verses or sometimes parts of a verse are wonderful. I have enjoyed many a good book, but this feels like several books worth in small easily digestible sizes. Thank God for the wonderful gifts He gives to men, who can take the scripture and give us new insight and understanding without going over our heads, or missing our hearts. Highly recommended.

Nov. 22, 2018

“Ferguson at the top of his game”

These delightful and deep meditations are insightful, full of Scripture, full of Christ, well illustrated with stories, deep - generally a must buy. Only 5 pages a day and not big pages, with stories; so thoroughly readable. Get one for everybody in your church.

Oct. 30, 2018

“This inspires me to imitate Christ this Christmas”

I was surprised to find that this book is a reflection on 1 Corinthians 13, but I now see how appropriate it is. I find that Christmas can be a time when we fail to love others as we should, or we lose sight of Christ's love for us amidst the chaos and busy-ness. In these daily chapters, Dr Ferguson explains each verse in its context and then points us to Christ, the only one who loves perfectly. It has inspired me to imitate Jesus, my true righteousness, this Christmas.

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