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Advent Day 7

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Scripture: Isaiah 53:10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and fill Him with grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of what He has experienced, My Righteous Servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins.

Devotional: In this passage we come full circle to where we began this week with God’s promise, through Abraham, to bless all people.  Jesus has fulfilled that promise that continues as generations of people are counted as righteous because of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. 

He suffered much, but much would be accomplished through His anguish, and because of that, you and I and generations of people have the opportunity to become the children of God.  What began as a select people set apart, has now been extended through Christ’s sacrifice to all who would believe. 

The anticipation and the waiting is no more.  Christ is here, God with us.  Let’s share this good news of hope for all people this Christmas season. 


  • Too often, our focus during the Christmas season is on all the traditions we’ve acquired:  decorating, shopping, baking, gathering with family and friends.  And the truth of what we truly celebrate can be overshadowed by all this.  Resolve to focus your heart on the fulfillment of God’s promise that Jesus has brought,  and the promise yet to be fulfilled as we await his second coming. 


Advent Day 6

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Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!

Devotional: It took nearly 700 years for this promise to be fulfilled.  700 years! That’s a long time to wait.  But we learn much about God through this. He is timeless, patient, longsuffering, and His plans extend over all the earth and in time and space far beyond our comprehension.  Remember as Peter writes in 2 Peter 3:8-9 “ But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

God’s Kingdom, though established through David partly as an earthly Kingdom, intersected with His heavenly Kingdom through Christ.  And as the people of God anticipated the coming of the Messiah for centuries, those who recognized His deity now await the return of Jesus Christ to establish a new heaven and a new earth. 

Patiently we wait, understanding this: “The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!”


  • How are you anticipating the return of Jesus to establish His Kingdom here on earth? 

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