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maranatha, The Lord, Day 20

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“The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’” Ps 110.1

It is so important to remember the Lordship of Jesus, especially during Advent. While reading this many prophecies talking about Jesus coming as a person, walking in meekness and humility, suffering unjustly at the hands of sinners, humbly obeying his Father’s commands, it becomes so easy for me to pity my own Savior. Oh poor Jesus. He didn’t deserve any of this. Look what we did to him. It’s just so sad.

But the truth is, we didn’t do anything to him. He is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4), the One who holds all creation together (Colossians 1), the Eternal I AM (Revelation 1).

Jesus, help me see you as you truly are. I ask as Moses did, “Show me your glory”. I need to fall at your feet as though dead like John did. I need to remember that You are God, that your are the Sovereign Lord, and that You are, right now, seated at the right hand of God, satisfied in Your completed work. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. We long for that day, in love and holy fear.

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maranatha, holy humble, Day 17

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“The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare bring charges against me now? Where are my accusers? Let them appear! See, the Sovereign Lord is on my side! Who will declare me guilty?” Is 50.4-9 (NLT)

This is the incredible thing about our Jesus: the more you see Him, the harder He is to pin down. If you just read v. 6 (which was the only Advent verse for today), it would be fairly easy to see Him as a patient victim, someone who put on a bold face while being treated in the worst possible ways.

But v.4 shows him to be a shrewd and wise prophet. Powerful, knowing exactly what to say, and broken-hearted toward the hurting.

Then we see him as one desperate for the Living Water. “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) Obedience results in pleasing his Father, the only One whose approval carries any weight.

And finally, he rests in the Sovereignty of the Holy Father. It is as if he says in this passage: I see your brokenness and I have been given the exact remedy. Because I abide in my Father, I can see clearly what it is He would have me do. And so, with worshipful resolution, I walk forward, purposefully pursuing this atrocious maltreatment, for I know that my God and Father sees, knows and will act in justice. I know that He knows I am guiltless, and He is my only righteous judge. My standing before Him is all that matters.

What an example. There are no words to express…

Anticipation: Day 9, Growing Beauty

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My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.            Isaiah 53:2

How incredible would it be if it could be said of us that we “grew up in the Lord’s presence”? That we lived our lives like Mary at Jesus’ feet, truly abiding in His fullness. Feasting on His goodness and truth, allowing Him to be our sustenance and provision. We would end up like Moses, face glowing as the inevitable reflection of God’s glory.

This is why people were drawn to Jesus: He radiated God. Eternally part of the God-head, Jesus lived His earthly life in constant communion with His Father by the Spirit, knowing that his “nourishment [came] from doing the will of God, who sent [him], and from finishing his work.” He may not have been physically attractive or charismatic; He might not have been an eloquent philosopher or public speaker; but He shone with the light of God, drawing desperate souls in this dark world.