Advent Devotional: Who Are You Looking For?

December 16, 2013

Scripture: John 1:1, 3-4 NIV

“In the beginning was the Word, … Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:1, 3-4 NIV).

While the little baby Jesus was lying in a humble manger, the shepherds were looking for a little baby, a Messiah. The wise men were looking for a little baby, the King of the Jews, someone worthy of that star. A king was looking to kill a little baby, a ruler, someone who presented a political and social threat.  Others were looking, too.

During these challenging times, we continue to search so desperately for worldly possessions, important people, and influential political leaders to solve our problems or make us happy.

During this advent season it would serve us well to remember that we have already received the gifts we search for in the birth of a little baby, Jesus.

Take time to reflect and give thanks for all we have received from that Baby.  Reflecting on His names helps us remember the gifts we have received. To His mother, Mary, the promise was Jesus, the Son of the Most High, the Son of God (Luke1:31, 32, 35). To the shepherds He came as Savior, Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). To Joseph He was announced as Jesus the Savior (Matthew 1:21). The wise men and King Herod saw Him as King of the Jews, the Christ (Matthew 2:2, 4). To you and me He comes as everything: the Word, Creator, Life (John 1:1-4).

Author: Dale Kierstead has been a university professor, CPA, and church/district auditor. He was born in South Africa, descended from three generations of Wesleyan Church missionaries. He is married to Melanie and they have four children. They have attended WFMC for 13 years.