Day 23 Monday, December 25th
Yesterday, we came to the conclusion of Advent. In reflecting over the past 22 days, we have considered a significant amount in a short period of time.
We have addressed some preliminary aspects of the Messiah’s arrival including:
The first promise of hope of the Messiah from Genesis 3
Elements of Israel’s history as God’s people awaiting the Messiah
The need for the coming of a Messiah to bring salvation, deliverance, and redemption
The Messiah as Immanuel—”God with us”
His genealogy containing some ancestors with questionable backgrounds
God’s perfect timing in the coming of the Messiah
During the birth narratives, we considered the following characters:
John the Baptist The Magi
We have answered these questions when considering the Advent Scriptures:
What does the passage reveal about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)?
What does the passage reveal about humans in their fallen or redeemed state?
In light of the first two questions, how can the passage impact our lives and our world today?
We have considered the following biblical themes (some more than once):
Old Testament prophecy and fulfillment
Old Testament character parallels in the New Testament
The typological correspondence of Jesus’ life to certain people and events in Israel’s history
The unifying story of the Old Testament and the New Testament
The work of the Holy Spirit in the coming of the Messiah
God working through the least likely persons
The New Exodus
Humility and pride
Rejoicing and song
The historicity of Christianity
The “good news”
The incarnation-God becoming flesh
Christ’s suffering predicted
Jesus' humanity and his humility
I hope that reflection on Scripture in this daily Advent devotional has caused you to journey with your Savior in both familiar and unfamiliar ways. I trust it has provided new insights and reminded you of things you had forgotten. I hope you have considered the coming of Christ to this earth, his advent in your own life, and his imminent Second Advent.
Blessings this Christmas!