Zechariah 6:1-7:14 ~ Revelation 15:1-8 ~ Psalm 143:1-12 ~ Proverbs 30:24-28
Today is the 24th day of December, which makes it Christmas Eve. What a holy day that it is as we kind of move toward the worldwide celebration of the arrival of the Savior. This is huge. So there will be many candlelight services tonight all over the world, many midnight vigils ringing in the new day, the day of the Savior’s arrival that we celebrate throughout the earth. So Happy Christmas Eve to you. It’s beautiful that we can come around our global campfire, warm ourselves, orient ourselves to God on this very, very special day and take the next step forward in, like I said yesterday, our ever-diminishing steps left in this year.
Even though it’s Christmas Eve and all of those festivities that go with it, this is the last day of a week and we’ve been reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week, which is what we’ll do today, and move to something new on Christmas Day, but for today, Zechariah chapter 6 verse 1 through 7 verse 14.
Lord, on this day our affections are set on you, on this eve of the moment that we celebrate or commemorate your arrival. And so once again, as we so often do, we thank you for your word because your word reveals the great story of how you would not surrender us, we who are created in your image, to the darkness, to our own reality that we had created without you. You would not leave us abandoned. You came. You came so counterintuitively that, well, most didn’t even know what was happening until the victory was won. But then you handed this victory into our hands and so we rejoice, and on this day, this sort of final day that we wait, that we keep vigil, that we look and long for the arrival of the Savior, we are also longing for your return. So we love you. We love you, Jesus, and we thank you. Come Holy Spirit into all of our hearts, all of our lives and everything about us because this is what the arrival, this is what the Advent of the Savior is all about – that we are no longer separated from you but are intertwined with you. So come, fill our hearts as our hearts break forth in rejoicing. We pray this in the mighty name of the Savior who came for us, the name of Jesus, amen.
SONG played on today’s Christmas Eve DAB “O Holy Night” Lauren Daigle http://apple.co/2hsByaW