WEEK 01

December 1 – December 7

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

Isaiah 53:1-12

Monday

Genesis 3:15, Psalm 1:1-6

Tuesday

Isaiah 7:14, Psalm 2:1-12

Wednesday

Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38; Psalm 3:1-8

Thursday

Matthew 1:18-25; Psalm 4:1-8

Friday

Luke 1:1-10; Psalm 5:1-4

Saturday

Luke 1:11-25; Psalm 5:5-12

DEVOTIONAL: READ ISAIAH 53

We want to see Jesus clearly. This year we want to live as one, unified church, seeking to see Jesus together with new clarity. As we begin this journey together through the season of Advent, may we look forward to Christmas expectantly, awaiting the celebration of Jesus’ arrival on earth.

Several hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah saw Jesus clearly. The Savior he described was not one that the nation of Israel was expecting. Rather than a hero-warrior, Isaiah spoke of a suffering servant who would bear the sins of the world. He described the Savior by saying He was “despised and rejected by mankind,” “crushed for our iniquities,” and “bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus was the most unexpected of heroes. He was the long-awaited Messiah that God spoke of as early as Genesis 3—a child from the woman’s lineage who would crush the evil serpent, though He, Himself, would be wounded.

Just as Isaiah looked forward to Christ’s coming, we are able to look back on His arrival. He came and lived a sinless life so that He could be the perfect sacrifice, paying for our sin and suffering on our behalf. He was crucified, dead, and buried, but rose back to life three days later. He still lives today and promises the same eternal life to those who put their hope and trust in Him.

As we commit to seeking Jesus together this year, may we continue to see Him with more clarity. Let us see Him as the Savior described in the Bible, who came to be a sacrifice in our place and forgive us of our sins. May we see and know the true Christ and respond to Him in worship. This Advent season, let us celebrate together that Jesus has come!

REFLECTION

Have you fully acknowledged who Jesus is? Describe Jesus in your own words.

How are you working to see Jesus more clearly right now? How can you commit to engaging in the Clarity series over this next year? Make a specific plan and put it into practice this week.

How can you connect more intentionally with the church this year? Are you committed to worshiping God regularly with other believers? Make a plan and commit to discussing it with your family and friends.

DISCUSSION

What are you most looking forward to right now?

PRAYER

God, thank You that You are personal and knowable. Help me to see You for who You truly are. Reveal Yourself to me daily through Your scripture, Your church, Your creation, and Your work in my life. Help me to see You clearly, understand Your character, and know You personally. Show me what You have done for me, and move in me that I may respond in obedience, thankfulness, and joy!

Thank You for Your sacrificial love. Without Your sacrifice for my sins, I would have no hope and no life. Thank You for making a way for me to be with You. Help me to see Jesus clearly that I may express sacrificial love through my life.

Lord, help me to commit to You. Give me a passion for Your Word. I know You are committed to me and want to spend time specifically with me every day. Give me the vision and discipline to spend time daily with You.

Lord, bless Your church! Move through every believer and make us more like You. Help me to be committed to Your people and my community. Move me to love them as You love them. Amen.

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