12/21 Monday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/21/20
Today’s Bible verse:
Luke 1: 32-33
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.
I will never forget the moment when I first held my oldest newborn son. It had been a long and expectant wait and the delivery had some challenges, but here he was - healthy, beautiful, and perfect. It was more wonderful than I had imagined. In the days that followed, we introduced our new child to excited family and friends. I remember clearly that my favorite moments were when I presented my son to both mine and my wife’s parents. As I watched my father hold his new grandson, I could see his joy. As my father was an only child and I his only son, I knew that he was proud and happy that the legacy of our name would continue.
When Mary heard the words of the angel, she was likely overwhelmed by his proclamation. In these two verses, the fulfillment of all that had God had promised to the patriarchs of Israel came to fruition. A Savior from the line of David would come to rule His chosen people and His kingdom would last forever. The many years of Israel’s pregnancy had been filled with both hope and suffering, but the arrival of the Messiah as prophesized by the prophets was imminent. The legacy of the nation was ensured, a legacy that would last forever.
Pray with us:
Father of Covenants, As you promised your servant Abraham, we are heirs of Your promise of a great nation. At the head of the chosen nation is Your blessed Son Jesus Christ. Let us mark the arrival of our perfect Savior and share with the world the Good News of His triumphant birth.
“For a child is born unto us, a son hath been given unto us, and the government is placed on his shoulders; and his name is called, Wonderful, Counsellor of the mighty God, of the everlasting Father, the prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6)
Prayer Focus: Expectant New Mothers
(Reflection & Prayer by Ron Weller)