The Sovereign Love of God
T he S eason of A dvent
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Arrival December 20 - 26, 2020 Advent joyously affirms the First and Second comings of our Lord. Through the prophets, God foretold the Messiah’s appearing to his people, Israel. Through the angels, he announced his birth to Zechariah, Mary, and the shepherds. Let us reverently ponder the sure promise of God – the Deliverer will come and ransom captive Israel and the world. God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary, a young virgin betrothed to Joseph, of the house of David, and prophesied, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1.31- 33, ESV). In the arrival of the baby Jesus, the Son of the Most High has come, and the Kingdom has drawn near! THIS WEEK’S THEME The Son of the Most High Has Come, Luke 1.26-38
Daily Devotional Guide
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Replenish our hearts, O Lord, with the oil of a true faith in thy coming; and grant us vigilance in the dark night, whilst thou art longsuffering and waiting that all should come to repentance; so that, when there shall be a cry, Behold the Bridegroom! we may be found ready for his appearing, and by thy mercy fit to enter into his joy; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, unto whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be glory and praise, ever world without end. Amen.
~ James Ferguson (Ferguson andWallis, p. 19-20)
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