Advent Week 3 Reading - The third week is said to represent joy and the proclamations regarding the coming Savior.
(3.1) Angelic Proclamation About John the Baptist: The angel Gabriel proclaimed to Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, would prepare people for the coming of Jesus. “Many
of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And
he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to
turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to
the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:16-17).
(3.2) Angelic Proclamation About Jesus: The angel Gabriel proclaimed to the virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Savior Jesus. “You
will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the
name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most
High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he
will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:31-33).
(3.3) Elizabeth’s Proclamation About Jesus:
Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, proclaimed that Mary carried the
Lord in her womb. Even before his birth, John the Baptist made a unique
proclamation about Jesus by leaping in his mother’s womb. “When
Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice
she exclaimed:“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child
you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my
ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:41-44).
(3.4) Mary’s Proclamation About God: Mary proclaimed the great thing God had done in choosing her to give birth to Jesus. “And
Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my
Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has
done great things for me— holy is his name’” (Luke 1:46-49).
(3.5) Zechariah’s Proclamation About Jesus: Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, proclaimed his praise that Jesus would be the Redeemer and Savior. “‘Praise
be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed
his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of
his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago)’” (Luke 1:68-70).
(3.6) Angelic Proclamation About Jesus: An angel proclaimed to Joseph that Jesus was conceived from the Holy Spirit and would save his people. “An
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of
David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is
conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people
from their sins’” (Matthew 1:20-21).
(3.7) Prophetic Proclamation: Over 700 years before
Christ, the prophet Isaiah announced that the Holy One of Israel would
one day be among the people. Let us sing for joy that Jesus did indeed
come to live with man! “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you” (Isaiah 12:6).
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