By Matt Henslee
Scripture: Matthew 1:18–25
As we continue through this season of Advent, we know it’s not only a season of anticipation, preparation, and joy, we know that Christ came, and He’s coming again. Today we’ll do well to reflect on that immutable truth.
We know Jesus grew up under the scandal of Mary’s alleged sexual immorality, which only increased with growing accusations and insults until our Savior made the painstaking trek to the cross.
We miss out on the grandeur of the Christmas story when we don’t remember Good Friday and Easter. Likewise, we miss out on the grandeur of Good Friday and Easter when we don’t remember He’s coming again.
No, His death and resurrection were a work of indescribable redemption that grows louder and brighter until His return.
Until that Great Day, we have work to do.
As you put the finishing touches on the next few days, take a moment to consider who in your circle of influence hasn’t come to Jesus for forgiveness. We see at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel an announcement that Jesus is Immanuel.
Guess what? Matthew’s Gospel ends with the same assertion and promise: I am with you always.
If Jesus is with you, you’re called to be His ambassador.
- Proclaim His truths until He returns “in clouds with great power and glory.”
- Prepare by proclaiming to others Jesus came, died, and rose again.
- Point your peoples’ eyes away from just gifts and parties to the Savior who saves.
- Preach the good news to all who’ll listen.
MATT HENSLEE (@mhenslee) is managing editor of Lifeway Pastors and coauthor of the book Replanting Rural Churches. He is the husband of Rebecca, father of four princesses, and pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in Mayhill, New Mexico. This devotion was based on Juan Sanchez’s “The Most Wonderful Time of Year.”