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Day 22 | Advent Devotional

December 22, 2018 0 Share

Joy | Saturday, December 22
Scripture: Revelation 21:2-4

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

“He’ll Wipe Every Tear” by Brandon Muchow

Before I was born he saw me
And he was born to set me free
Innocent, gracious warrior
He came to take my guilt
My place on Calvary

He will see us through
He does everything he says he will do
He’ll wipe every tear, the Word became flesh
Just to bear our brokenness
Only through him there is life after death
Atonement for sins, mercy and rest
For our hopes and our fears
He’ll wipe every tear

Some see a lowly manger
Some see a merciless sacrifice
But I see a Mighty Savior
Who humbled himself
To claim and take his Bride

He will wipe (He will wipe)
He will dry (He will dry)
Every tear (every tear)
From our eyes (from our eyes)

Listen, I tell you a mystery
We will not all sleep but we will be changed
In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye
The trumpet shall blast and the dead will rise
Where O death is your victory (it’s been swallowed up)
Where O death is your sting
Praise to the one who gives us life
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

He’ll wipe every tear, Word became flesh
Just to bear our brokenness
Only through him there is life after death
Atonement for sins, mercy and rest
For our hopes and our fears
Through a death so severe
Now the Kingdom is near
Yes our Jesus is here
He’ll wipe every tear

Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let Earth receive her King
He’ll wipe every tear

Silence for Reflection

Journal Reflections:
•   How do the many scripture references in this song weave together the story of the joy Christ destined for us?
•   C. S. Lewis once wrote that a fair reading of history will reveal that “the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” To what extent does your longing for the kingdom of God influence and direct your actions in the present?

Prayer for the Day:
God of justice and mercy, bless all those who are surprised with pain this day from suffering caused by their own weaknesses or that of others. Let my own suffering teach me to be merciful; let my sinfulness teach me to forgive. May I look to the example of your Son as I await the day when there will be no more sorrow or tears. This I pray through Jesus Christ, who died forgiving those who crucified him. Amen.

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