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Advent Devotional Day 2: Glorious Resurrection Hope

December 04, 2017


2017 Gordon-Conwell Advent Devotional
Day 2 | Glorious Resurrection Hope

1 Corinthians 15:1-20


We enter the Advent season—a time of joy, a time of waiting, a time of reflection. With all of God’s people, we remember the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. And we anticipate his return at the end of this age, and all that we have been promised by our risen Lord.

During the Advent season, as we prepare to celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the very Word of God who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), we are reminded that Jesus comes to earth not only to demonstrate to human beings what God is like, but to die for our sins. Through Jesus Christ, God takes on human form. Through his death, our sins can be forgiven. And in his resurrection, we see the first-fruits of what is promised to all of God’s people—that nothing, not even death, can separate us from fellowship with our risen Lord and Savior.

We live in a hopeless, angry world that is in many ways like the world into which Jesus was born. We may know more and be better off materially, but humanity continues to repeat its foolish ways no matter how smart we seem. True wisdom is found in welcoming Jesus, and living “in him.” When we live in union with Christ we come to understand that we live as citizens of a future Kingdom. And we wait with confident hope that “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Come quickly, Lord Jesus.





   Dr. Robert J. Mayer
    Senior Librarian and Assistant Professor of
    Theological Bibliography




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