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Christmas Reading Plan | Week 3 | Day 1



Prayer


Take a moment to pause from the busy day, and get your heart centered on one thing, God is present with you. Repeat this statement 3 times, “God is with Me.”

Bible Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-17


Read these verses three times slowly.

‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

“‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

Reflection & Questions


In Jeremiah 33:14-17 God talks to the Prophet Jeremiah about a promise he has yet to accomplish. All humanity will be affected by this promise, not just the people of Israel or Judah. This promise is of a righteous Savior who will be born from the same lineage as the great King David. While David saved the people from the oppression of a bad king, and built a successful kingdom. This new savior from his lineage will be named THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUS SAVIOR.

There are three implications for our lives that we can know about this title of a coming hero.

First, he is “THE LORD”. The Lord is a title given to someone who owns property, but it is also a title of God Himself. The hero that is coming will be God Himself, leader of all the lands on the earth.

Second, the hero is “OURs.” He is personally with people. He is not some distance hero that holds power over us and we just need to accept it. No, He is OUR Lord, He is personal and someone we want to have a personal relationship with.

Finally, He is a “RIGHTEOUS SAVIOR.” He is perfect. He is sinless before God, offering his righteousness to us. This means the tool he brings to rescue us will not be a strategic victory on a battlefield against a local power, or uprooting corruption in the political system. The tool he brings to transform the world is his righteousness.

Now, all the people of Israel have to do is wait. Wait for God’s plan to unfold for the coming Righteous Savior to rescue them.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait! Because Jesus has already come! He can be OUR LORD AND RIGHTEOUS SAVIOR now! That’s a gift we don’t have to wait for. That’s a gift that we can trust in. Not only that but someday He will be a visible ruling King who always does what is right. Not tempted by corruption or sinful forms of power. The little baby boy, sent to a manger in the town of David, came to be a king leading us toward the righteousness of God. In the meantime we need to trust in God’s plan for our world.

      1. If Jesus were to be made king of the entire world today, what do you think the first thing is that he would change?
      2. How can you be praying for that thing that He will bring change into the world?

Prayer


God I trust your plan for my life, for when things happen that I don’t understand, I pray that you would change them in your time.

Worship Song


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Ed Applegate

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