Advent :: Embracing Christ In The Midst of Christmas Day 21

Sunday, December 18

Scripture

John 14:1-7

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Meditation

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Latin, c. 12th cent,; Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66, alt.
Stanzas 1 & 5

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Prayer

Father, You are our God and we are Your people. We confess that we are helpless without You, and we know it’s only by the power of Jesus that we could ever know You, and He is our only hope for salvation. The world we are in now is not our home, but we desire the better country, the one You have prepared for us. Please convict us and give us the grace to adjust our lives, our thoughts, and our choices to reflect our longing for the city You have prepared.

*some text adapted from ihabitus.com

Written & Provided by Passion City Church

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