24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 19 – The Son of Man

Cloud LIghtning - Blaine Franger

Cloud Lightning – Blaine Franger

Daniel 7:13-14

The prophet Daniel recounted an awesome vision:

I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.

Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed. – Daniel 7:

We know about the Ancient of Days, the LORD; Yahweh, Jehovah. Studying the Old Testament we observe:

  • “You shall have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3
  • “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” – Deuteronomy 6:4
  • “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him only, and shall take oaths in His name.” – Deuteronomy 6:13
  • “I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another” – Isaiah 42:8
  • “I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior” – Isaiah 43:11

In the Old Testament scriptures we also have this testimony of the Son:

  • ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. – Psalm 2:7-8
  • Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. – Psalm 2:11-12
  •  I will be his Father, and he shall be My son” – 2 Samuel 7:14
  • The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” – Psalm 110:1
  • “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Why would Yahweh, the Ancient of Days, give dominion and glory and a kingdom to a human being, the Son of Man, so that all peoples, nations and languages would serve him?

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” – Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14

Hymn: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessed, when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

This arrangement is absolutely beautiful! The different parts are staggered to sound like an echo effect. No digital processing here. (NOTE: the recording ends long before the end of the video.)

Day 6 – Bread From Heaven

Exodus 16:14-15

Manna From Heaven – Stained Glass – Priory Church, Great Malvern

And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. – Exodus 16:14-15

God has a sense of humor. The people in the wilderness were grumbling about not having any food to eat and he miraculously provided food that was like white round drops of dew on the grass and tasted like honey wafers. “Manna” sounds very spiritual but it actually means, “What is this stuff?” The people lived on “What is it” for 40 years until they entered the promised land.

In John chapter 6 we read the account of how the multitudes flocked to see Jesus after he fed the five thousand. Jesus had a prime opportunity to capitalize on his new rise in popularity; everybody was talking about it and coming to see the next miracle with the hopes of getting some free food!

However, the Son of Man does not take polls.

Jesus gave the following discourse as he rebuked the people for their spiritual blindness and offered them what would really satisfy: himself.

John 6:26-40

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The people who heard these words dreamed of seeing or tasting the “What is it”. I believe that God has a sense of humor because he miraculously provided this “stuff” that the people ate for 40 years knowing that like any of us they would grow tired of the daily routine and the lack of variety. It makes me think of Keith Green’s old song, “So You Want to Go Back to Egypt” where the people are complaining, “Manna again? Manna-burgers, Ba-Manna Bread, Manna-cotti?”

God provided for them and kept them alive but played a little joke on them by giving them stuff that would not completely satisfy. Isn’t that like everything that we try to fill ourselves with in this life that is not from the Source of Life? We have an opportunity to write the punchline to God’s joke: we can believe in Him whom he sent and laugh along or we can be miserable and eat our spoiling manna.

I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 NKJV

Hungry

This worship song by Kathryn Scott is not a Christmas song but it speaks of a hunger for Jesus and that He alone can satisfy.

Hungry, I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty but I know
Your love does not run dry

So I wait for You, So I wait for You

I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

Broken, I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know
Your love does not run dry

So I wait for You, So I wait for You

I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

Day 5 – An Everlasting Remembrance

Exodus 12:12-14

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. – Exodus 12:12-14

We read of the Passover in Exodus chapter 12 when the Lord commanded his people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and put its blood on the two doorposts and the lintel of their homes. The Lord struck the entire land of Egypt and killed every firstborn male but he passed over the homes that were covered with the blood.

This night was a defining moment for the Jewish people. The Lord commanded in Exodus 12:1, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” With this first feast the Jewish religious calendar was instituted beginning with Passover and the people were commanded to keep the feast as an everlasting remembrance.

The night before he was to be crucified, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his closest friends. He gave them an example of his servant heart by washing their dirty feet. They enjoyed the meal together. Then Jesus did something that they would not understand until much later. He took the bread and said, “this is my body that is broken for you” and took the wine and said, “this is my blood that is shed for you.” He said “do this in remembrance of me.”

We have heard this called the institution of the Lord’s Supper, also known as Communion. But let’s not miss what Jesus was really doing here. He did more than just start something new; he took what had already been given (the Passover) and fulfilled it! He said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

The elements of the Passover: the lamb, the blood, the Lord passing over and sparing the people from death, the yearly remembrance all served to prepare us for the coming of the Messiah who would say (my paraphrase), “In the same way that this lamb’s body was broken and it’s blood shed to spare you from death, my body will be be broken and my blood shed for you.” He then told them to keep doing this in remembrance of him. He was not telling them to stop celebrating the Passover but that from now on their celebration would be about the fulfilling of the Passover.

Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. – 1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Song: Holy Lamb of God

A virgin cried when You were born
Tears of joy and tears of pain
As Heaven’s angels watched in wonder
How could You, the Ancient One
In the frame of man be bound
Lying there with feet and hands
Fully God and fully Man

Who could see and who could know
You had left Your Kingdom’s Throne
Baby crying in a manger?
You had come to give Your life
As a holy sacrifice
Nails would pierce your feet and hands
For every heart and every man

Holy Lamb of God, how we love You
Shepherd of our hearts, how we praise You
We were blind and lost, but You came to rescue us
And we thank You, Holy Lamb of God

Now You are the risen One
All You came to do You’ve done
On this Christmas, we remember
How Love came down to set us free
From our sin and from our fear
Lord of all we bow our hearts
To the wonder that You are