2016 Advent Devotional

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Prepare to be Deceived
Wednesday, 12/21/2016

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The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"

Luke 7:18-19


In the same way the Jews inquired about the identity of John, John now inquires about the identity of Jesus. “Are you the one?” It’s a question of desperation. There were certain expectations associated with the coming of the Messiah. Those expectations varied among the diverse sects of Judaism. Some hoped for a militaristic ruler in line with King David, others anticipated a high priest to restore the religious courts and Temple service, while others sought a combination of these and more.

John is already aware of the ministry of Jesus as his disciples, “reported all these things to him.” John already knows what Jesus reports back to him, “the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed…” (Luke 7:22). But John fails to understand what he already knows, because John is in prison, awaiting his execution. Sure, “…the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them,” but John is left wondering, “what about me?” John’s dire situation leaves him deceived in regard to the identity of Jesus as the Christ.


Oh God of mystery and wonder, so often I am guilty of forcing you to fit within my expectations. How quickly I abandon that which I know, when it doesn’t fit with that which I expect. May I be open to experience you, even beyond my limited expectations.


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  1. In what areas of your life can you relate to John’s feeling of abandonment? What have been your failed expectations?
  2. As you anticipate the arrival of Christ, what is your expectation?

Family Corner

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“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”

Matthew 2:11a


The wise men came to see the newborn king.

Work as a family to create a special crown fit for a king.

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