Advent: A Calendar of Devotions 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Isaiah 4:2-4

“On that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.”

Below is a hymn I found that was written using the passage of Isaiah 4:2-6. It was written by Thomas H. Troeger. Audio files: MIDIRecording 

In the midst of our preparation and anticipation of Jesus’ arrival as the baby born in Bethlehem, do you think it’s rivals with that of the people of the that time in history? Do we still seek the Star of Bethlehem and the arrival of the King of kings? The followers of Jesus and His disciples expected Jesus’s return to be imminent, during their lifetime. Since that time, more than 2000 years ago countless individuals have believed that they too would see Jesus’ return as promised in the scriptures.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” ~Matthew 24:35-37

Perhaps, the idea of being lazy, displaying a lackadaisical view of scriptures as they relate to Jesus’ Second Coming. This might explain some of us when it comes to expecting Jesus’ imminent return. Being ready, being prepared is more about the little things we do every single day than a huge overreaching plan with hash marks of completion. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:1, “ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Live everyday in anticipation of Jesus’ return and you will always be prepared, the plan is to be Christlike in everything we do and do all for the glory of God. In Jesus only is our HOPE!

Prayer:

Lord, may the preparations we make to remember your birth also serve as a reminder of your promise to return. May we be ever vigilant for your return, knowing that through our baptism into your death and resurrection we are invited to participate in the glory you promise to restore. ~Amen.

~Peace & Hope~

References:

https://hymnary.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

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