Behold. Our King.
In the days leading up to Christmas, we place ourselves in the seat of those who waited, yearned, and sought the Lord for the promised King. And we marvel anew at the faithfulness and deep love of God in the realization of his promises in Jesus.
This advent, we invite you to join us in the practice of scripture reading, memory, and prayer as we journey through the prophecies of the Messiah and their fulfillment in the birth and life of Jesus.
As we enter into a time of reading Scripture, ask, “Lord, would you allow me to slow down and hear your voice today?”
Jesus, as I read your word today, I want to soak in the goodness of your promises. I rejoice in you with the praises of ancient days on my lips. May your truth root deeply in my heart and transform my whole being. Your word is breathed by you and is active and alive. It is a gift of blessing and a reminder that you want to be known by me. I stand in awe of you and your faithful generosity.
Take your time reading through the passage. Read the passage 2 or 3 times, each time asking the Lord to speak to you as you meditate on His word.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The glory and wonder of Jesus’ birth begins with a baby in a manger, but the hope we have is that the truth of the greatest story ever told never ends. The birth, death, and resurrection, these love-filled actions of God happened once, but we live in the reality of their transformational power. A king among his people. God with us. This is the hope we carry to the waiting world.
In Psalm 119, the psalmist writes, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, so that I might not sin against you.” In memorizing scripture we place our minds in submission to the Lord. Focusing on God’s word aligns our thoughts with truth and helps us live our lives transformed in the likeness of Christ.
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”