Week 5 | Introduction

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11-13 ESV)

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.  (Revelation 22:20-21 ESV)

OPENING THOUGHT

Jesus’ first advent dramatically changed the world. Since humanity first fell into sin, God promised the Messiah, a savior who would crush the serpent’s head, defeating sin, evil, and death. For millennia and generations upon generations, people waited faithfully for the King to come and reign. Last week, we glimpsed how Matthew aimed to prove that Jesus was indeed the descendent of David that would sit upon an eternal throne.

In this week’s readings, we will view the culmination of the first coming of Christ, His death and resurrection, and then we will turn our eyes toward Jesus’ second advent. After ascending into heaven, Jesus gave us the promise that He would return again to permanently defeat death and sin for all to see. This hope in Christ’ second coming is what Paul calls “our blessed hope (Tit. 2:13).” As we conclude this season of remembering Jesus’ first coming, let us also hopefully encourage one another to anticipate the second advent.

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