Daily Advent Devotion Wednesday, December 18

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – Psalm 131; Genesis 3:8-15; Revelation 12:1-10 and John 3:16-21

As we are one week away from Christmas, we hear these important words.

John 3:16-21 – 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Jesus came to bring the offer of salvation unto the whole world. Jesus came so that all the barriers between God and mankind could be torn down and the gates to heaven flung wide open. Jesus came that we might all know God and abide in God as God came to abide with us.

In worship during Advent we have lit the Advent candles. To date we’ve lit the candles of hope, joy and peace. This coming Sunday we’ll light the forth candle, love. In Jesus we can hope. With Jesus we find real joy and peace. When Jesus came true love came to dwell upon the earth and abides with us still as we trust and believe in him.

I invite you today to recite John 3:16 and 17 over and over again. Let it sink deep within your heart, mind and soul. Say it as it is written and at times insert your own name into it, for Jesus did come that your sins could be forgiven and you be given new life.

For God so loved _(name)_ that he gave his only Son, so that as _(name)_ believes in him _(name)_ may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son to _(name)_ to condemn _(name)_, but in order that _(name)_might be saved through him.

Psalm 131 – O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.

As I read this I can picture myself upon my mother’s lap and the peace that came early in life as she cared for me. So my friends is it with God as we sit and abide with God and quiet our heart, mind and soul.

Jesus came so that we might know that God abides with us and to invites us to abide with him.

Abide with God and know that God loves us “Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home.” (A Brief Confession of Faith – most recent creed of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.))

O God, I praise you for your love shown and given us through the sending of Your Son. During these last days of Advent, may I seek to abide in You as You came to abide with me. In all the busyness of this season, may I quiet myself before You and find true hope, joy peace and love in You and with You. Amen.

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