What is the biggest news you have ever received? Do you remember how your heartbeat accelerated with excitement and joyful anticipation? Perhaps you even leaped for joy or did a happy dance and were eager to tell everybody about your big news.
Here is a sneak peek of my Luke 1 devotional for Beholding Advent at Free – Rachel K. Adams.
Singing in Joyful Anticipation
Similarly, the evangelist Luke begins his story with a chorus of rejoicing. He sets the stage of joyful anticipation full of angels’ messages and songs of praise. Something is about to happen on the planet Earth: something so grand and exceptional that it will split human history in two.
The joyful anticipation starts with two angels announcing news of upcoming births. First, an angel announces to the priest Zechariah the birth of his son John the Baptist, who “will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17)
Then the angel Gabriel proclaims to Mary the incredible news that she will give birth to Jesus, who “will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High and whose kingdom will never end”. (Luke 1:32-33)
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Joyful Response to the Wonderful News
After Mary recovers from the shock of seeing the angel, she starts singing a beautiful hymn of praise and thanksgiving. She praises God as the mighty One who has done great things for her. (Luke 1:49)
The old priest Zechariah puts an end to his nine months of silence, also with a song bursting from his heart, prompted by the Holy Spirit. He prophesies about the ministry of his son who “will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins”. (Luke 1:76-77)
Even the John the Baptist, still in his mother’s womb, leaps for joy when he hears the voice of Mary, the mother of the Lord. (Luke 1:41, 44)
Advent – the Season of Preparation of Our Hearts
Do you also leap for joy, friend? Is your heart full of excitement and awe? Advent is the season when we can prepare our hearts to join this happy chorus of rejoicing, praise, and anticipation.
We do this when we open our hearts again to the great wonder of Jesus’ birth. In the hustle and bustle, we need to stop and heed the angelic message.
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More Resources to Prepare Our Hearts for Christmas
If you need more resources to prepare your heart for Christmas, I can highly recommend these books from beloved Christian authors. Check them out.
Christmas with Jesus: 25 Devotions for December by Heather Hart and contributing authors. I am happy to be one of them!
Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here by Max Lucado
In the Manger: 25 Inspirational Selections for Advent by Max Lucado
Bring On The Merry: 25 Days of Great Joy for Christmas by Candace Cameron Bure
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