Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 2: Mission Day 9

Tue, Jan 2

Invitation – Isaiah 60:1

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Scripture Reading – Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

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

  • Worship through offering our very selves to God.
  • Ask for courage to proclaim that Jesus is the King of all kings.

Confessional Prayer – HC 31

Lord Jesus, we praise you that you are the Christ, the anointed one of God! Through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you teach us the secret counsel and will of God, deliver us through the amazing sacrifice of your body, and govern all things as our eternal King. Lead us through the Holy Spirit to a moment by moment worship of you as our Prophet, Priest, and King. Amen.

Blessing – Revelation 7:17

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.