Advent is a season when we pay closer attention to the presence and absence of light. The days are shorter—light is more scarce—as we move closer to the winter solstice, after which the days begin to lengthen again. Light is an apt metaphor for God’s revealing power: God’s word. God’s...
Lord, this Advent we hold your light and the darkness around us in tension. Often it feels as if darkness is overwhelming. Help us to remember your light and to see how you are showing up. Help us, Lord, and bring your peace when we feel surrounded by destruction like Ahaz. Amen.
Isaiah is sent to the king of Judah to declare a prophecy of a future birth through a virgin. The boy will be called Immanuel, “God is with us.” The psalmist cries out to God asking for an end to the suffering of the people. He believes that this will occur through a “son of man,” an expression that Jesus later uses to describe himself. Paul’s opening to Romans roots the gospel in the Hebrew scriptures. Jesus comes from the line of David and fulfills the things foretold. To understand Jesus, we must understand the Hebrew scriptures. Matthew recounts the visitation of an angel to Joseph to tell him of the coming birth of a son. Matthew interprets this birth as a fulfillment of this week’s reading from Isaiah 7.
Read Isaiah 7:10-16. How does Isaiah’s prophecy continue to speak to you today? How do you hope for Christ’s coming?
Read Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. Recall a time when you have relied on hope for God’s restoration.
Read Romans 1:1-7. What would it mean to add “servanthood” to your list of life goals?
Read Matthew 1:18-25. How is your life different for having listened to God’s call?
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