Clear the Way for the Lord

Advent is about waiting and preparing. May these passages help us prepare for the coming of the Christ-child, who is now our coming King and Lord for whom we live and for whom we wait.

Monday – Acts 1.21-22. C.S. Lewis, in his book, Miracles, wrote about the centrality of Jesus’ Resurrection in Christianity: “An apostle was first and foremost a man who claimed to have witnessed the Resurrection of Jesus. Thus, to preach Christ meant primarily to preach the Resurrection, the central theme in every sermon reported in Acts. The first fact in the history of Christendom is a number of people who say they have seen the Resurrection.” The baby we welcome at Christmas is now all grown up. He is alive today, and He is returning, not as a baby, but as the Lord of every man, woman, and child.

Tuesday – Acts 2.29-32. “The Resurrection, and its consequences, were the gospel or good news that Christ followers brought to the world. What we call the gospels or narratives of our Lord’s birth, life, and death were composed later for the benefit of those who had already accepted the gospel. The miracle of the resurrection, and the theology of that miracle comes first. The biography comes later as a comment on it” (C.S. Lewis, Miracles). Does the resurrection of Jesus impact how you respond to the Christ-child who was born in a manger?

Wednesday – Psalm 27.1,4-7. Think for a moment about something you have seen that you’d describe as being beautiful. Imagine being there marveling at the beauty. In today’s passage, David is longing to gaze on the beauty of the Lord. Now, imagine being in the presence of our holy God as He came to us in the infant Jesus. Let yourself absorb the wonder of God’s transformation of a common stable into a place of beauty as He arrives to be with us. We await the day of His return where beauty is fully revealed.

Thursday – Isaiah 26.7-9. If you find yourself longing for a day when pure goodness is found in every relationship or every interaction, then you are in good company. Isaiah speaks of such a longing while in a troubling time for his people and his nation. He identifies that longing being fulfilled when the Lord, the Righteous One, is welcomed, honored, and lovingly obeyed. Today ask God to help you welcome Him and His rule in your heart and all your interactions.

Friday – Acts 2.36-42. This passage depicts the scene at the conclusion of Peter’s first sermon at the Jewish festival known as Pentecost. Centuries of hopeful longing and waiting were being fulfilled in this moment. A few thousand welcomed the message of the resurrected Jesus, now proclaimed to be Lord of everyone, everything, everywhere. Welcoming and embracing the good news meant yielding to His Lordship. It still does.

Saturday – Psalm 126. Bible scholars tell us this was one of the songs sung as Jewish pilgrims made their way to Jerusalem for festivals and worship. As a people, they had experienced both triumph and failure in being the people of God. There had been tears of longing for restoration. In Advent, we too long for and wait for the return of Christ while preparing to celebrate His first arrival. This “infant God” lying in manger straw will return.