Advent Devotions - December 21

Revelation 1:4-7

4 John,


To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.


To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.


7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

Have you ever stepped outside on a snowy winter evening, stood quietly and let the stillness envelope you as the flakes brush your cheeks? Let’s imagine that’s how it was when Jesus was born. Savor that sense of stillness and silence. Lift your face to Him and know you are loved.


That night, the quiet was quickly broken. Suddenly an angel appeared to terrified shepherds and a host of angels filled the sky. What a celebration for a tiny infant!


Verses 5-6 in today’s passage point us, with hope and anticipation, far beyond that helpless infant to Jesus our Savior and King who will come again.


Have you ever wondered what was going on in heaven before Jesus was born? Perhaps it was silent with anticipation, or the angel choir was practicing.


Where can you find silence and stillness as you busily prepare to celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth?


How does John’s greeting in Revelation 1:4 lift your eyes beyond Christmas to eternity?