• Christmas in Time and Space Devotional

    Luke 2:1–7

    The Bible insists that the Son of God entered history at a specific point and remains united to a human nature in the person of Jesus Christ forever. This is radically different from the Hindu concept of incarnation, which says the gods enter history repeatedly in different forms. Moreover, the incarnation of Jesus is inseparably tied to history itself. We must be prepared to defend the historicity of these doctrines and others, as God’s acts in history are fundamental to Christian truth. View Resource

  • The Coming of Elijah Devotional

    Matthew 17:9–13

    John Calvin writes on today’s passage that Elijah’s restoration “does not mean that John the Baptist restored them perfectly, but that he conveyed and handed them over to Christ, who would complete the work which he had begun.” In His ministry, atonement, and resurrection, Jesus finished the task necessary to bring repentance to Israel and the nations. Today He uses us to proclaim this work to the world. When was the last time you preached the Gospel to someone in need? View Resource

  • The Consolation of Israel Devotional

    Luke 2:22–35

    Only when we have seen the Messiah—when we have acknowledged Jesus for who He is and bowed in worship—will we be ready to meet our Creator. There is only one way to stand before God unafraid, and that is clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ. If we have repented and believed on His name, we have nothing to fear in life or death. Have you seen the Messiah by faith? Have you come to trust Him at His word? Are you telling others that only He can save? View Resource

  • Cyrus, the Lord’s Anointed Devotional

    Isaiah 45:1–13

    It might be a clichè to say that we should “expect the unexpected.” Yet because God is fully sovereign, there is a real sense in which we should expect Him to act in ways we have not anticipated because His decree controls what happens, not what we think His decree should be. This truth is comforting, for it means that the Lord can do what we might consider impossible, not the least of which is to save His people without compromising His justice or mercy. View Resource

  • David’s Greatest Son Devotional

    Matthew 12:22–23

    Righteous dominion over the earth is given to all of God’s people. We cannot make all things serve the Lord by our own efforts, but Christ has come to die for our sins and fulfill God’s purpose for mankind so that in Him we can find strength to pursue this task of exercising dominion. Lean on Jesus this day and do all things to the glory of God. Encourage others to see how they can serve the Lord at home, in the workplace, and in the church. View Resource

  • Disciples from John Devotional

    Matthew 11:1–6

    Matthew Henry writes: “The remaining unbelief of good men may sometimes, in an hour of temptation, strike at the root, and call in question the most fundamental truths which were thought to be well settled. The best saints have need of the best helps they can get for the strengthening of their faith, and the arming of themselves against temptations to infidelity.” Let us turn to the Word and other Christians so that doubt does not fester into unbelief. View Resource

  • God’s Servant, the Branch Devotional

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of old, however, Christ does not build merely with human hands. As the God-man, He is the divine temple builder who is building His church into a holy temple, a clean sanctuary that will endure forever. Are you a part of this temple by faith alone? View Resource

  • The Gospel of God in History Devotional

    Romans 1:2-4

    Christ’s resurrection was the first phase of His exaltation, that point at which He was set over all creation to rule from His Father’s right hand and bring all of His and our enemies into subjection. Having fulfilled His work as the last Adam, the Lord possessed according to His humanity what He always had according to His divinity, namely, the right to bring all things under God’s dominion. In Christ, we are granted the honor of taking dominion in all spheres of life, to His everlasting glory. View Resource

  • Herod Slays the Children Devotional

    Matthew 2:16–18

    That the majority of Jews had not fulfilled the condition of repentance necessary for restoration (Jer. 29:10–14) when the Son of God became incarnate demonstrates that the fundamental problem for Israel was not Gentile domination but rather the presence of sin that led to the Lord handing them over to Gentile control. Restoration could not occur until the root problem of sin was addressed. That is the problem that Jesus dealt with on the cross, purchasing our forgiveness and restoration. View Resource

  • Israel’s Jealousy Devotional

    Romans 10:19-21

    That Israel’s rejection of their Messiah was foreseen centuries before it occurred gives us further reason to trust our most holy God. History unfolds exactly as He intends it to, and proof of that is seen in the fulfillment of prophecy that we see throughout the history of redemption. Even when we are confused by the way that things are turning out in our lives, we know that God is not confused, and we know He is working in all events for our good and His glory. View Resource

  • Jesus Rebukes Peter Devotional

    Matthew 16:21–23

    Evangelicals often stress that Jesus has died for our sins, but it can be easy to forget that He was also raised for our sins. As we share the Gospel, let us remember to present the truth of the resurrection as well. John Calvin comments, “All ministers…who desire that their preaching may be profitable, ought to be exceedingly careful that the glory of his resurrection should be always exhibited by them in connection with the ignominy of his death.” View Resource

  • The King Comes on a Donkey Devotional

    Zechariah 9:9-17

    Note again that God’s covenant of salvation is unconditional in the sense that the Lord Himself guarantees that He will enact it—He will certainly save a people for Himself. That does not mean, however, that this covenant of salvation has no conditions. The Lord will save a people, but one cannot be a part of this people apart from repentance and faith in Christ. These conditions are not met only at conversion, but we must grow in faith and repentance throughout out lives. View Resource

  • The LORD’s Glorious Branch Devotional

    Isaiah 4:2-6

    When we come to the New Testament, we find that the unexpected—from our perspective—has happened. The latter days of judgment and blessing have been extended for many years, with the Lord’s blessing being emphasized through the preaching of the gospel and the conversion of the nations. That does not mean, however, that the final day of judgment is not coming. Are you clothed in the righteousness of Christ and thus prepared to meet God on that day? View Resource

  • The Messiah’s Kingdom Devotional

    Genesis 49:13

    Ambrose of Milan comments on today’s passage, saying Jesus “is the Lord by nature but a brother by grace” (The Patriarchs, 4.17). God is not a person with whom contact is impossible; He is not “wholly other.” Without sacrificing His kingly rule, God chose to become incarnate as one of us, yet without sin, in order to defeat sin and death and reconcile His people. In coming as a son of Judah, the Son enables us by faith to be His brother and friend (John 15:15). View Resource

  • The Messiah’s Mother Devotional

    Luke 1:26–38

    As followers of Christ, we must contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Yet in so doing, we must be careful about going to the opposite extreme, for we often commit other errors when we swing the pendulum all the way over to the other side. Our goal is to be faithful to Scripture, seeking to balance truths about God and creation where God balances them and trusting His Word to shape our interpretation of all of life. View Resource