ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—A DAILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL IN 26 PARTS
Luke 24:25-27 He (Jesus incognito) said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
(All scriptures in this devotional are taken either from the New International Version or Today’s English Version)
I will forever remember 2014 as the year that I was invited to serve as the interim (temporary) minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Burnet, Texas. As we approached the end of this time, I had occasion to sit with the church’s worship committee to plan for the Advent celebration. One of the questions was, what shall we do for an advent devotional this year? I thought, “well, it would be easy to ask different people to write short articles and maybe bring in some classic Christmas poems and short stories.” So I volunteered to coordinate the composition of the devotional. As I brought the matter to the Lord in prayer, however, I felt myself drawn to write all the articles myself. I had never had occasion to fully explore the way in which the Old Testament (the Jewish Bible) bears witness to Jesus. This was my opportunity to pick 26 key Old Testament passages that foreshadow the person, the life, and the work of Jesus.
I began selecting my passages off the top of my head. I had not yet gone beyond Genesis (The first book of the Old Testament) , however, than I realized that I was having to skip many passages—key passages. You could make another list of 26 and probably another list after that, and still there would be more. I had never realized that the connections between Jesus and the Old Testament were so many, so deep, so interwoven, and so broad. I felt as though I was walking along the road to Emmaus on the day Jesus rose from the dead, hearing Him enthusiastically show how the Scriptures showed what the Messiah (the Savior) had to be like and what He had to experience.
This was a labor of love and a mountaintop experience for me. Now, I have the opportunity to share this devotional a second time with the church family at First Christian Church in Smithville and those who follow the blog on the website. As you read these articles day by day, I pray that you to may be inspired to wonder at the One who came to earth on that first Christmas and shared God’s life and God’s love with us.
In Christ, David J. Huegel