Advent and the Coming Messiah
As we continue our Advent readings we focus upon the coming of the Messiah. This week we focus on the coming of the Messiah who is God’s Prophet. In the weeks that follow we will focus on the coming of the Messiah who is God’s Priest and the Messiah who is God’s King.
Sunday, December 6
Deuteronomy 18:18,19 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.
Prayer: O God, we would listen to your prophet today.
Thought for the day: Technology can enhance hearing, and a right spirit can enhance listening.
Monday, December 7
Isaiah 11:3,4 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Prayer: Jesus, you brought us God’s word of righteousness and justice.
Thought for the day: Those who speak the truth are often said to have halitosis.
Tuesday, December 8
Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Prayer: Jesus, light our world today with your message of hope.
Thought for the day: We need exposure to the sun for vitamin D, and we need exposure to the Son of God for vitamin S (salvation.)
Wednesday, December 9
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns.!”
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, thank you for sending good news.
Thought for the day: Why does the local newspaper reserve the second page of the life section for its half-column good news story?
Thursday, December 10
Luke 4:18,19 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Prayer: Jesus, for the poor and the poor in spirit you have always prophesied good news.
Thought for the day: Heaven blesses those who bless the poor.
Friday, December 11
Matthew 13: 57,58 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his home town and his own house is a prophet without honor.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Prayer: Jesus, forgive us for all the times we have not listen to your message of hope, peace, and life.
Thought for the day: If every inventor listened to the critic who said he or she was getting too big for their breeches, we would still live in huts and caves.
Saturday, December 12
Hebrews 1:1,2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
Prayer: God, thank you for allowing your son to carry your message to us.
Thought for the day: To hear one another or God we often must simply stop speaking.