This week we are looking at some the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament or the signs of Jesus’ coming in the Old Testament. Ways in which God prepared the way for Christ to enter into the world because he loves us.
What are some of your family’s favorite traditions for Christmas? Do you go and cut your own Christmas tree? Maybe you have a pickle hidden on it? Do you have a gift that is continuously given each year as a joke?
Are there any traditions or items that have been passed down through your family?
In my family we love to have a wrapping paper fight. It all started when I was in college and was traveling to my sisters for Christmas each year. (So this is not a long-standing tradition) We would unwrap our gifts and hold the paper as ammo for a big paper fight. As you may have guessed it is a lot of fun to continually bombard your family members with wrapping paper. We have done it ever since and continue to pass the tradition down to our families now that we have children. I hope its one of those traditions that lives longer than I do.
Read: 2 Samuel 7:12-13 (TLB)
David was handpicked by God to be the king for his country. He was a brave and valiant warrior with great leadership qualities. He was also a skilled musician who helped Saul calm himself down in moments of stress. These were great qualities but he was chosen to be king because of his relationship with God.
When he became king he continued to love God and his relationship guided Israel to a place of power in the region. As a king, David would most likely have thought about a succession plan. Who is going to continue my kingdom in which God has built for me? Well God promises that He will establish David’s kingdom forever.
The Jewish people were awaiting and expecting the arrival of a king in David’s line to come and rule. Yet, we know Jesus is that king that came in the form of a baby. David’s descendant Jesus rules the whole earth from his throne in heaven and his kingdom has no end. David’s legacy was established by God in 2 Samuel 7 and continues to this day and forevermore.
How would others describe you? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
For me I want to be known as one who loves God and loves others. I want that to be my lasting impression for all whom I have come in contact with. Just like David I want to be known as the “Apple of God’s eye.” I want others to come to know Christ through the way I live out my life. I want to prepare the way for Christ in their lives.
What are some ways you can prepare the way for others to know Jesus and his love?
Light the Candle of Love
Pray: God, we know you by your love. You are always showing us your grace and your mercy, thank you. God during this Advent season help us to prepare the way for others to experience your love, grace, and mercy. Show us how our lives can be a way for others to know you. Help us leave a lasting legacy of your love for those we interact with. Help us to love you with our whole heart, mind, body, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.