“Prepare the Way for the Lord”
The prophet called out, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” And John the Baptist appeared, according to God’s promise. He preached “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mark 1:3-4) From John’s work and from the promises of God’s prophets you can tell: God wasn’t talking about roadwork. God was talking about our hearts. God wants his people to be ready to receive his Savior – at his Christmas coming with cheer and at his Judgment Day coming with confidence. And so, this Advent season we prepare our hearts…but how do we do it?
We’re already acquainted with the Lord God and with his Savior Jesus Christ. Our hearts have been moved by his Spirit, filled with faith, and sanctified such that we are his own. So how do we prepare? Peter said it well in his second letter: “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know these things, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (3:17-18)
As Martin Luther long ago encouraged his barber, Peter, Christians grow in grace by devoting themselves to the study of God’s Word. In particular, there are three ways we grow in grace as we study God’s Word. Think of them as three lenses through which we explore the limitless depths of the love of God we have in Jesus Christ. They are: meditation, prayer, and suffering. Join us as we explore these three lenses during our Midweek Advent Devotion at 6:45 PM. Prior to the devotion, a meal is served at 6 PM. Join us beginning, Wednesday November 30th.
AMAZING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
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