Advent Devotion for December 5
In lighting the candle, the candle lighter says: “His Kingdom will never end!”
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:6-7
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:29-33
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
MUSIC: Hallelujah Chorus, From Handel's Messiah - Robert Shaw conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus (YouTube)
SOME THOUGHTS: In this pericope in Isaiah, we have the connection of many aspects regarding the Messiah. Here is a description that was written 2700 years ago of a government that is yet to happen! Isaiah’s words were written some 700 years before the time of Christ. Eventually, a government will be set up under King Jesus, a perfect government, with a perfect Ruler, where there will be peace forever! No lying. No bribery. No corruption. Just perfect justice and fairness. No “spin.” No presenting “two sides of the story.” No need for media. Truthfulness and compassion abound. No documentaries on scandals or breaking the laws. And this glorious rule of Christ lasts for all eternity! The best news is that it will happen and those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb will be there. I won’t be writing about it, I will be there! We dare not escape this world with all its difficulties and uncertainties in what lies ahead. Yet we must ever be aware that there is a certain world coming that is unseen at present, yet more certain than the present! Never lose heart.
The apostle Paul says it so beautifully in 2 Corinthians 4:17,18.
“7 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
PRAYER: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. — Daniel Sharp