Read the scriptures and look for a verse to treasure today. (All the scriptures are right here.)
Luke 1:68-79 (Today’s psalm is a poetic prayer that John the Baptist’s father spoke after John’s birth.)
Luke 1: This prayer by Zachariah is known as the “Benedictus.” (A Benediction is a blessing.) When the angel Gabriel gave him the astonishing news that he would have a son, Zachariah asked for a sign. The angel immediately gave him a sign—he removed his voice! Zachariah was serving in the temple at the time, and he was supposed to pray for the people, but without a voice, he could not. Months later, when his voice was given back to him after John’s birth, he immediately prayed this beautiful and prophetic blessing.
Malachi 3: Jesus is the Messenger of the Covenant. He came to fulfill God’s covenant (a formal promise or agreement that often involved a sacrifice) with man. He kept the law and became the perfect sacrifice to bring peace.
Philippians 1: The Apostle Paul was in prison, writing to his friends in the city of Philippi. Notice his prayer requests for them.
Luke 3: After reading about John the Baptist all week, I am sure you are wondering why he is not our Advent character! We focus on Isaiah first, because he was given the prophecies that John fulfilled.
My treasure today is “the way of peace.”
Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare and clear the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:1 Amplified)
…The sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
At this time a message from God came to John son of Zachariah, who was living in the wilderness. Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. (Luke 3:2-3 NLT)
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (Philippians 1:11 NLT)
Father in heaven, I thank you for sending the Messiah. He is my Sunrise, giving me light and hope of new life—not just eternal life in heaven, but a new way of life here. Guide my feet into the way of peace this week, Lord; peace in my heart because I trust you, and peace with others as well.
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