3rd Week of Advent (17-23 Dec)
Fully Divine (Son of God)
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:34,35
As we see, the significance of the virgin birth is in the telling of Mary how this baby would be conceived, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.” The unique nature of Jesus is his being fully human and fully divine. This week we focus on the Son of God scriptures and discover what this means for us.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does it mean to you that Jesus was fully Divine as the Son of the Spirit, Son of God?
Monday – See and Testify
Scripture Reading: John 1:29-34
When John the Baptist sees Jesus walking towards him, he proclaims to the crowd, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He is preparing the way of the Lord for the people of God. It is interesting that John does not mention that it is during the baptism that John the Baptist sees and testifies that “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit,” And I myself have seen and testify that this is the Son of God.” The one born of the Spirit, the Spirit testifies about, is the one who gives the Spirit to God’s people is the Son of God.
Pastor’s Pondering: How are we to see and testify to the Son of God at work through the Spirit in and through us?
Tuesday – To believe
Scripture Reading: John 3:18
In this verse out of the Nic at Night passage we looked at already, we find that the determining factor in being saved is “believing in the name of the Son of God” who is Jesus the Christ. Condemnation comes not from our sin but from our not believing in the Son of God who can save us from our sin. Life comes if we but just believe in Jesus the Christ as the Son of God.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does it mean to truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
Wednesday – To belong to Jesus Christ
Scripture Reading: Romans 1:1-6
In the beginning of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, we find the significance of the Son of God in our lives together. “through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith…” The Son of God gives to us God’s Grace and with the Apostleship, those who help lead us “to bring about the obedience of faith” among us all.
Pastor’s Pondering: Where do you see the Son of God bringing you grace and apostleship to bring about your obedience of faith?
Thursday – The Gifts He gave…
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-13
As Paul refers to the Son of God in this letter to the Church at Ephesus, it is to identify the gifts that He gives to the people of God, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the full measure of the full stature of Christ.” In other words, the gifts Christ gives through the Spirit are to make us more and more like the Son of God as the children of God.
Pastor’s Pondering: What are the gifts and how are they used to accomplish His work in us?
Friday – Our Sympathizer
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16
As the writer of Hebrews (whether it is Paul, Barnabas, or Apollos,) his intent is to identify the Son of God as our “great high priest.” But, he reminds us that Jesus is one who can sympathize with us as “one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” Because of this, we are to “approach the throne of grace with boldness.” With this, we “receive grace and mercy to help in time of need.” As our Priest, the Son of God is our Sympathizer, our Sacrifice, our Savior.
Pastor’s Pondering: How does this passage focus on the Priestly aspect of the Son of God?
Saturday – LOVE
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:13-17
“God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God and they abide in God… God is Love and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” If we confess that Jesus is fully God as the Son of God and makes it possible for us to abide in God and God to abide in us the connection is God’s perfect love. If we abide in God’s perfect love then that becomes our witness and testimony to the world about God’s perfect love come to us in Jesus Christ. In the fullness of time, the Son of Man, Son of God, came Fully human, fully divine to love us fully!
Pastor’s Pondering: What is the difference between God’s love and the world’s love?