Advent Day 1
24 days of preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth
The word advent literally means arrival or coming. For centuries, to recognize Advent through its various expressions, has been to turn one’s heart toward the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and His coming into the world, ultimately for our salvation.
If you’re familiar with the recognition of Advent, you may have grown up having an Advent calendar, where each day you would open up the tiny windows of the calendar, and inside would be a special treat. Usually some kind of candy. And each day would be filled with expectation of what would come into view as you opened that window.
Our hope, is that similarly, these daily devotions of Advent will be a window that you’ll open each to gain a little treasure of God’s Word and truth. Whether you engage in these daily devotions quietly on your own, or with a friend or family, it is our prayer that doing so will help you experience God’s presence and purpose this Christmas season, and that you would be overflowing with His Spirit as you engage with others.
Day 1 - December 1
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 22:1 “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed because you obeyed me.”
Devotional: Waiting. Most of us find no enjoyment out of waiting for something that we greatly anticipate. We are inpatient. We are accustomed to having what we want when we want it. And to have to wait, puts us in a growly state.
For centuries, God’s chosen people, Israel, the people He set apart as those through whom all others on earth would be blessed, waited. From the time God called them as His own and established a covenant with them beginning with Abraham, He continued to be faithful to His promises. But His people did not honor their promise to follow Him. Throughout history, the people of Israel struggled with a pattern of obeying God, then disobeying Him, and they suffered greatly when they turned away from Him, finding themselves enslaved and oppressed as a result. It’s hard to be a people of blessing when you’re a slave.
So they cried out to God for freedom. And they waited.
Over the years, God would deliver them, but time and time again they would slip back into their sinful ways. He sent prophets to warn them what would happen if they did not turn back to Him. And these prophets also spoke of a Promise that would come and change everything; the Messiah, the coming King, who would reign forevermore and bring peace to His people.
This week, we will look at the words of the prophets who spoke of this Promise as they waited with expectation The Promise ultimately fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ.
- What do you think the people of Israel might have thought God meant when He said,“through you all people will be blessed”?
- That centuries old promise continues to be fulfilled through Jesus Christ, who is a descendant of Abraham. Reflect upon the blessing that has come into your life because of Jesus.