Sometimes in books and movies, part way through the storyteller flashes back to an earlier time. The book of Mark tells us nothing about Jesus early years of life. We jumped right into his baptism and ministry. So let’s take a flashback during Advent and Christmas and look at the “backstage story” of Jesus. Who are the people in his story? What is his birth story? What was God doing right from the beginning? Your devotions each week will include a reading from one of the other gospels, a reading from Mark 9, and a psalm. I pray that these other parts of God’s Great Story and the life of Jesus will speak to you in new ways during this season.
This week we will read some of the Old Testament prophecies about who the Messiah would be. LONG before Jesus came as a baby, God was preparing his people. May God prepare you during this season.
Day 1: Isaiah 7:13-14
What name of Jesus is given here? Pray that you would experience His presence with you throughout December and beyond.
Day 2: Isaiah 9:6-7
What are Jesus’ names in these verses? Ask him to show you how he is these names in your life.
Day 3: Isaiah 53:1-3
How do these verses describe Jesus? Do you think Jesus can relate to your struggles?
Day 4: Isaiah 53:4-11
What did Jesus do for us?
Day 5: Psalm 22
Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1 while hanging on the cross. As you read the rest of the chapter look for other phrases that describe what happened to Jesus. Look also for encouraging words for people struggling through hard times.
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