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, soften my heart and teach me to be like you. My ways are not your ways and my thoughts are not your thoughts, so I submit my every thought and every way to you so that you can use me to bring light and truth to the world you created. Give me your eyes to see the people around me the way you do and give me the courage to proclaim the goodness and truth of you. “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).
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.
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
We have a saving king who has made a way for us to join an abundant banquet. This is the gospel. This is the good news: The kingdom is at hand. While we wait for the new earth, the kingdom is still available to us now. Through the cross, he has invited us into the eternal kingdom and to the banquet, not just in heaven, but here on earth. May the joy of this glorious reality challenge us to carry the good news with confidence and share it enthusiastically.
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.
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’