Week 1 Devotionals

 

Monday – December 3, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus is born of a virgin.

The Prophecy – Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord himself with give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

The Fulfillment – Matthew 1:18
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”

A sign is another word or idea for giving proof.  But it is proving the value, the significance, and the authenticity of a thing. God has wonderfully given us many proofs throughout the Bible that show; that prove, that verify that Jesus really is the Messiah.

There had never been before, or since a woman become pregnant without having intimate relationship with a man. This sign, Jesus being born of a virgin, is proof of Jesus’ value as the Son of God, His significance as being our Savior, and His authenticity of being God in the flesh.  Note the last phrase of Isaiah 7:14, “and will call him Immanuel.”  The name Immanuel means, “God with us.”  God took human form to live and dwell among us so He could provide hope of Salvation.

Isaiah prophesied 900 years before Jesus was born that he would be born of a virgin.  So what is the significance of Jesus’ virgin birth?  That Jesus was born of God as God.  This means we can trust Jesus with our hurts, our joys, with all our lives. And that Jesus will live with us.

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, thank You for giving us such a beautiful miracle by sending Jesus to be born of a virgin and sending Him to live on earth.  I believe you are true, truthful, and faithful to Your Word.

 

Tuesday – December 4, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus is Son of God

The Prophecy – Psalm 2:7
“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’”

The Fulfillment – Matthew 3:17
“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

In this verse in Psalms we see the prophecy that Jesus would be called the Son of God.  And then in Matthew 3:17 we are given the first time Jesus is referred by God as His Son.  But what is the relationship?

The Trinity is expressed as the three persons of God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) in one God.  The significance of Jesus being called the Son of God is that He was/is given all the power and authority of God the Father.

In the Ancient Near East, when a Great King gave authority and power to a Subject King they would often term their relationship as “father” and “son.”  We know that Jesus is all God and this prophecy helps us to see that Jesus, while different in function (Savior) was given all the authority and power of God (God the Father).

This means that even though we often think of Jesus as a mild and meek baby, He came with power and authority to give us life and to change our lives. So which Jesus will we celebrate this Christmas?  Jesus as a baby or Jesus as our King?

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, I worship you today as my Savior and my King.  Even though I can’t understand everything about You, I can know you, talk with You, and serve You.  Thank you that Christmas is about You, my King, meeting me where I am.

 

Wednesday – December 5, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus seed of Abraham

The Prophecy – Genesis 22:18
“And through your (Abraham) offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you obeyed me.”

The Fulfillment – Matthew 1:1
“A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

This is one of the most beautiful prophecies to me because it proves not only God’s sovereignty but also His faithfulness to His promises.  God promised Abraham that from his offspring all the nations of the earth would be blessed.  There is no other name or person who has changed the meaning and measurement of mankind than Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The promise in Genesis 22 and the subsequent genealogy given in Matthew 1 shows that God’s plan was set in motion thousands of years before Jesus would even be born.  But it also proves God is faithful to His Word.

What do these promises from God’s Word mean to you today?

  • ALL NEEDS – God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • COURAGE – “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
  • DEATH – God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for He shall receive me. Psalm 49:15
  • ENEMIES – “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord….”Isaiah 54:17
  • FEAR – For I the Lord, your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, fear not; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
  • GUIDANCE – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
  • HELP – The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
  • JOY – Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5
  • LONELINESS – “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
  • MERCY – But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children. Psalm 103:17
  • OLD AGE
  • Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you ! Isaiah 46:4
  • PATIENCE – Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
  • SALVATION – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corintians 5:17
  • TRUST – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
  • WORRY – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, I praise you today because you are my God who makes these promises to me and who keeps these promises.  In

 

Thursday – December 6, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus is born of Isaac

The Prophecy – Genesis 21:12
“But God said to him, ‘Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant.  Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”

The Fulfillment – Luke 3:23, 33b
“Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his earthly ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph . . .the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham”

Again we see how the promise of God comes with no time limit but with great certainty.  At first glance this mention of Isaac’s name in the genealogy seems of no particular significance.  However, my perspective is changed when I note that God’s promise to Abraham to make him a great nation through his son Isaac came in Genesis 21 but then in Genesis 22 we see God testing Abraham’s faith by sending him to Mt Moriah to offer up his son on an altar.  Of course we know that God approved Abraham’s faith and gave a ram to be offered in Isaac’s place.  This test came after God’s promise.  I see it as an awesome testimony of God’s great grace that Isaac’s name is listed and fulfilled in the prophecy of Jesus’ birth.

Yesterday there were several promises mentioned.  Which promise of God are you depending on right now?  In which of those do you feel tested?  The celebration of the coming of the King is to remind us that we have real hope that every promise is fulfilled and will be fulfilled.

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, I know lately I have struggled with ____________ and today I ask you to prove your great grace by giving me peace in spite of this.  I trust Your Word and I thank you in advance for how You will prove your power in my life.

 

Friday – December 7, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus born of David

The Prophecy – Jeremiah 23:5
“The days are coming, ‘declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.”

The Fulfillment – Luke 3:23-31
“Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his earthly ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph . . .the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse”

David was noted as one of the great leaders and icons of the Jewish nation. To this day David is revered as the Great King of Israel and a Mighty Warrior. Take a moment to think through some of David’s great achievements.  He slew a lion and a bear.  He defeated Goliath and saved Israel.  He defeated the enemies of God and routed that part of the world to establish God’s chosen land for God’s chosen people.

But he was also very human and very much a sinner.   It seems that in our minds the list of his wrong deeds outnumber and outweigh the list of his good deeds.  He committed adultery and murder.  He lied and at times seemed proud. But yet he had a tender heart.

David’s presence in this genealogy and prophecy of Jesus’ birth makes me mindful of a couple of things.

  1. Jesus is our Great King and Mighty Warrior!  There is nothing too big, too hard, to small, too insignificant for Him to do and accomplish in our lives.
  2. David’s humanity reminds me that God is willing to use all of us based upon the condition of our heart and not the perfection of our hands.

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, I thank you that you want to be my Great King and Mighty Warrior.  I ask you to be those in my life today.  And I confess the sin in my life.  I ask for your forgiveness.  Create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

Saturday – December 8, 2012

Prophecy: Jesus would be born in Bethlehem

The Prophecy – Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

The Fulfillment – Matthew 2:1
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem.”

Bethlehem was like a booming village in the desert, except that it used to be forested. Finding a tree in Bethlehem now is pretty rare, but in 4 BC, pines were plentiful. They were all cut by the Romans and Turks sometime after Christ’s birth.

Here are a few interesting facts about Bethlehem:

  • Biblical scholars believe Bethlehem, located in the “hill country” of Judah, may be the same as the Biblical Ephrath (Gen 35:16).  Which means “fertile”, as there is a reference to it in the Book of Micah as Bethlehem Ephratah. (Micah 5:2) The Bible also calls it Beth-Lehem Judah, (1 Samuel 17:12) and “a city of David”. (Luke 2:4)
  • It is first mentioned in the Bible as the place where the matriarch Rachel died and was buried “by the wayside” (Gen. 48:7). Rachel’s tomb, the traditional gravesite, stands at the entrance to Bethlehem.
  • According to the Book of Ruth, the valley to the east is where Ruth of Moab gleaned the fields and returned to town with Naomi.
  • Biblical tradition holds that Bethlehem is the birthplace of David, the second king of Israel, and the place where he was anointed king by Samuel. (1 Samuel 16:4-13)
  • It was from the well of Bethlehem that three of his warriors brought him water when he was hiding in the cave of Adullam. (2 Samuel 23:13-17)
  1. Jesus makes big, beautiful things of little, insignificant things.
  2. Jesus does not show favoritism.
  3. Jesus always is the most important reality to every person, place, and thing.  The influence and impact of Christ in our lives makes us valuable.  Our lives plus all we can do is nothing.  Our lives in Jesus is something!

What has God spoken to you?

Dear Lord, I thank you for making beautiful and significant things of my life.  I praise You for continuing to work in me.  I give you control over my thoughts and actions today.

 

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Updated on 2010-12-02T09:19:37+00:00, by oneChurch.