Advent Devotional: O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

John 1:9-13

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Matthew 1:17-18

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

It had been over 400 years since the last Old Testament prophet had heard from God. But suddenly and dramatically He begins speaking again. Though this was different. The messages were not of a future event or intervention from God, they were telling of something imminent. Just around the corner. Just over the horizon. This was a sudden interruption of the status quo. God can surprise you with sudden intervention. He can arrive with immediate power. In an instance, a distant future hope can become a tangible present reality. Stay awake to see Him. Stay alive to receive Him. The Kingdom of God is coming. His power is at hand and can change everything. Nothing is impossible for Him and His timing is perfect.

HOLY SPIRIT keep in us an expectation of Your intervention. Keep us awake and alive to Your transformational power!

Advent-2014David GateComment