2016 Advent Devotional Day 25

Feast of St. Thomas, December 21, 2016

Morning Psalms: 23, 121 | Evening Psalm: 27 | Isaiah 43:8-13 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 14:1-7

The birth of our Savior is drawing near and we find ourselves today with passages of Scripture often used in burial services, a context in which one desires to find some sense of hope. Generations of people have doubted God’s existence, along with his Son, Jesus Christ. Psalm 23 and our Gospel lesson speak to our hearts of a peace and calm which we often strive for in life, but which only comes through believing in Jesus.

Jesus’ words recorded in the lesson from John’s Gospel today speak to the hope of our future destination with God in his home. Jesus has prepared a place just for you, and he is the door through which you must pass into this glorious place. In Peter’s first letter, he says, “…[God the Father] has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…” (1 Peter 1:3b–4). This passage assures us of this glorious place where we will join in true koinonia fellowship with our Triune God. God has prepared the banquet table for those who love and call on the name of Jesus. This hope which we believing, obedient Christians have, allows us to share in this special fellowship right now as his kingdom is rolled out into this dark world.

In a few short days, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. Let us now prepare our hearts to receive him in all his glory and perfection, that we may continue to walk in the hope he provides through his abundant mercy and grace.

Donna Steckline (MAR Student)
New South Berlin, NY

Morning Psalms: 23, 121 | Evening Psalm: 27 | Isaiah 43:8-13 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 14:1-7