Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Joy Day 4

Thur, Dec 28

Invitation – Psalm 98:1-2

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his right­eousness in the sight of the nations.

Scripture Reading – John 1:29-34

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Dwelling

What does this passage awaken in you? Stop and ask God about the response this passage has caused in you. Ask him to help you as you explore your emotions, doubts, concerns, and fears. Let God’s Holy Spirit assure you of the truth.

Guided Prayer

  • Praise God for preparing the way for our Savior and King.
  • Rejoice that the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world.

Confessional Prayer – CD 3 & 4

Heavenly Father, how merciful you are that you send messengers to proclaim the joyous news of freedom and reconciliation through Jesus. We are eternally grateful that you have adopted us as sons and daughters, delivering us from your wrath, and granting to us an inheritance of life with you. Amen.

Blessing – Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!