Today’s devotional was written by Jim Adcock.
The Jewish people had no Messiah throughout the Old Testament except God the father. God used certain people, like Moses, to further His kingdom, but they still desired a messiah.
When did God start think about a messiah for His people, Jesus?
Maybe it was with Abraham, 2000 years before Jesus birth.
Maybe it was back even further, back to Adam, the first human.
Maybe God never started thinking about Jesus, as God the Son was always with God the Father.
The Jewish people had been waiting for centuries (700 years) for the Messiah promised by the prophet in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel”. The birth of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prophecy by Isaiah.
Mary was pledged to Joseph, but before marriage, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. The Lord told Joseph she would give birth to a son and you are to name Him Jesus. This was done to fulfill what God said through the prophet. Being a good man, Joseph did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
The Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will be the mother of the son of God. I know she has mixed feelings and being unmarried she could be ridiculed or worse. But, she believes that the angel Gabriel is a messenger of God and shows her feelings by singing “My soul glorifies the Lord”.
We as believers celebrate Advent as a period of 4 Sundays before Christmas when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. We take four weeks to get ready because, well, it’s overwhelming, isn’t?
Prayer: Father I am overwhelmed by the story of the nativity. Help me like Joseph and Mary to believe and we thank you for the birth of our personal savior the Messiah, Jesus – the babe of long ago. Amen