Advent Devotional 2022

The gospels were written to tell us about the person and purpose of Jesus. Who is he and why did he come? But before Matthew gets into these questions, he gives us Jesus’s family tree. Take a moment to read Matthew 1:1-17. 

What did you make of it? It seems like a strange way to start. First, because it doesn’t exactly make for thrilling reading. But it’s strange on a deeper level too. As we move from our first glance to dig a little deeper, we discover that Jesus’s family tree is incredibly dysfunctional. The lives of his ancestors were full of deceit, incest, rape, murder, and more. Yet from this brokenness, God brought the Savior of the World. 

In this Advent Devotional, we’re going to take a closer look at the lives of those who appear in the genealogy of Jesus. As we do so, we’ll discover that his disreputable ancestry was in fact consistent with his mission – and even serves to reinforce Jesus’s message of grace. Subscribe to daily devotional email.

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James Forsyth, December 4, 2022

Let’s pray. Jesus, thank you for saving me just as I am. Fill me with your Spirit today, that I may love you as you have loved me. And use me in this Advent season to introduce others to you. Amen.

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Alisha Ballenger, December 3, 2022

God, we thank you that you are the one who pursues, even when we don’t deserve it. We wrestle to obtain so many things in life. We even wrestle with you in our sin, yet you long to embrace us. Thank you that through Jesus we can be embraced and given a new name. Amen.

Alan Edick, December 2, 2022

Let’s pray. Thank you Father for giving us your only Son on whom we can cast our sin and the cares of this world. May you be pleased to increase our faith as we are encouraged by the lives of Issac and his father Abraham. Lift our eyes to you as we seek to imitate Christ. May we indeed be found faithful until He returns, or until we go to be with Him in heaven. Amen.

Kathy Smith, December 1, 2022

Let’s pray. Lord, thank you that even though his family wasn’t perfect, Jesus, the perfect one, came to bring the blessings you promised to Abraham. Thank you that these blessings mean that we can become a part of your family through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Help us to believe in your promises and trust your plan for our lives. Amen.

Kris Johnson, November 30, 2022

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, help us to keep our eyes fixed on Your Son Jesus. When the influence of the culture distracts, lures, and shouts its empty promises, turn our gaze back to you and the truth. Give us the faith and courage to live under the influence of grace every day of our life. Amen.

Steph Schneider, November 29, 2022

Let’s pray. God, thank you for your mercy and for the hope that jumps off these first pages of scripture- the promise that you do not leave us alone in our sin, but you come to us and you rescue us and use us to carry out your purposes and bring life into this broken world. Amen.

Landon Paul, November 28, 2022

Let’s pray. O Lord, we feel the effects of the fall every day. So much about all we see around us and within us makes us cry out, “How long, O Lord?” For all the ways we experience our union with Adam, may we be given eyes to see, ears to hear, even a heart to savor, the greatest treasure of being united to another, to our God and redeemer, Christ Jesus in whom we now pray. Amen.

James Forsyth, November 27, 2022

Let’s pray. Father, I thank you that you are in control and that, in the end, you triumph over the evil in and among us. We see this most clearly at the cross, where you used the greatest evil in human history to work redemption for your own. I bring my sin and pain to you. Grant forgiveness and healing. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

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