It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023
T he S eason after E piphany
WEEK 10 F ourth S unday after the E piphany January 29 - February 4, 2023
Epiphany affirms Jesus’s presence in the world as hope for all peoples. In him alone, God provides the light of his salvation, making known God’s grace to all peoples, even to the farthest corners of the earth.
THIS WEEK’S THEME We Three Kings: “King Forever, Ceasing Never, Over Us All to Reign”, Genesis 49.10
Jesus is the Messiah-King appointed by God to reign, and his Kingdom will never fade or come to an end. As our Epiphany anthem We Three Kings suggests, he will be “King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign.” In Jacob’s final prophetic blessing over his sons, he tells Judah, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples” (Gen. 49.10, ESV). Jesus was from Jesse’s clan, David’s family, of the tribe of Judah, and the scepter of God’s kingdom rule will never depart from his side; to him all the nations will ultimately bow down and serve.
D aily D evotional G uide P reparing O ur H earts Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
You, Lord Jesus, are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You are destined to reign upon the throne of David, and the rule will never leave your hand. You shall reign in righteousness over the nations, and we your people will reign with you. Give us the grace to live in such a way that we honor you and this promise, for you are destined to rule forever.
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