Advent Devotionals


Advent Day 24: Jesus

by: Michael Benson

Repeatedly throughout the Bible we see examples of the importance of names as signifiers. Whether a name serves as a testament to God, like Samuel…

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Advent Day 23: Immanuel

by: Michael Benson

In the first round of the 2003 NBA playoffs, at the third game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Mavericks, 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert stood in the middle of the basketball court to sing the national anthem.

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Advent Day 22: Son of God

by: Michael Benson

Two years after the assassination of Julius Caesar, a temple was built on the site where he was cremated and he was formally deified.

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Advent Day 21: Son of Man

by: Michael Benson

When Jesus talks about Himself or refers to His deeds or ministry, He refers to Himself as Son of Man more often than anything else.

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Advent Day 20: Word

by: Michael Benson

When John describes Jesus as the Word made human, there are a few things going on. His Greek readers may have understood that John’s use of the word Logos—Word, but also Logic—for Jesus was intended to convey that He is the source of all of creation and the source of order in the midst of chaos.

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Advent Day 19: Rabbi

by: Michael Benson

Jesus, this new branch growing out of the stump of David’s family, holds a distinct advantage as a rabbi over any other religious instructor of His era or any other.

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Advent Day 18: Christ

by: Michael Benson

We don’t know much of what the shepherds were thinking when they were visited by a host of angels who told them the Christ was newly born and resting in a manger in the city of Bethlehem.

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Advent Day 17: Servant

by: Michael Benson

In the introduction to a few of his letters, Paul refers to himself as a servant of Christ. This same word for servant—doulou in Greek—is used in Philippians 2 to describe Jesus. The way that Paul uses this word in these two verses, as well as elsewhere, is in the context of a bondservant, one who has given himself…

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