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Daily Devotional: Advent (Day 1)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Advent 2018

“Oh Come thou Long Expected Jesus”

The end of the year is approaching as we have turned the calendar page to December. And with the turning of that page, begins the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As the song goes “there’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.” (Although I doubt we will have snow here in California!) There are gifts to be bought and wrapped, cookies to be baked, trees to be decorated and lights to be hung. We are busy, busy, busy.

But in the the midst of all the busyness of the holiday season, let us take a moment to reflect on the season of Advent… that time in our church calendar when we look for the coming of our Savior as the promised Messiah. We observed “Christ the King” Sunday last week and the scriptures pointed us toward the future when Christ the King will come again. While the season of Advent is one of anticipation, it also points us backwards as we remember His coming as that baby in the manger. That gift of a Savior should be our focus as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

The word “advent” means arrival and is derived from the Latin word “adventus” which means coming. You may be looking forward to guests who are coming for a holiday visit. Or you may be looking forward to the arrival of a special gift from a loved one. Whatever you may be waiting for, there is a sense of excitement and of wonder as you await the arrival of the anticipated guest or gift.

Our passage today tells us that Jesus, the living Word, has always been…but He was not always here with us. The hearts of God’s people longed for His arrival; He who would satisfy their deepest yearnings and who would fulfill the promises of a Savior coming to rescue them. Advent ignites our own longings for Jesus as we remember the prophets of the Old Testament who foretold the coming of the Messiah. The baby born in such a humble fashion is the promised one who now is here with us. Come let us adore Him.

Be The Light

Pastor Tim challenged us in a recent sermon to remember that “our task is not to hang lights but to BE lights.” I challenge you to BE a light this week by leaving cookies or sandwiches at your local fire or police station with a note of thanks and “Merry Christmas! Jesus loves you and we are grateful for you!”

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

The daily devotions from Victory Church are intended to help guide you through everyday life as you discover God’s purpose for you. We invite you to join our daily devotional email list by contacting us here. If you are interested in coming to visit Victory Church, we offer two Sunday Services – both traditional (8:30 AM) and contemporary (10:45 AM) – at our developing campus in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista, CA.

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Devotional Scripture

John 1: 1-2, 4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning. (4) In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.