“Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). First things first! We worry about many things. We get anxious about this, that and the other thing. Jesus is saying to us, “Seek first God’s Kingdom.” Whenever our many anxieties threaten to overwhelm us, let us remember this: The Lord is King!
"… Jerusalem, the city where I chose to place My Name” (1 Kings 11:36).
Jerusalem is called the Holy City. It’s not so much Jerusalem that’s holy. It’s the Name of the Lord that’s holy – and He has placed His holy Name in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, Jesus died for us and rose again for us. Again, it’s not Jerusalem that’s holy. It’s our Saviour who’s holy. Jerusalem’s a special place because Jesus is special. There’s no one like Him. He’s our Lord. He’s our Saviour.
Ruth 4:18-22 “A genealogy is a striking way of bringing before us the continuity of God’s purpose through the ages. The process of history is not haphazard. There is a purpose in it all. And the purpose is the purpose of God.” (Leon Morris, Ruth).
Revised Common Lectionary – Year C First Sunday of Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36 Every spiritual blessing - in Christ: Come to Him and receive His blessing.
will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them
as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have
committed against Me... Then this city will bring Me renown, joy,
praise, and honour before all nations on earth...’(Jeremiah 33:7-9).
What great blessing lay ahead of God’s people! God was pointing His
people to the place of blessing: Jesus Christ - ‘the righteous Branch
from David’s line’(Jeremiah 33:15-16). ‘In Christ’, we have ‘every
spiritual blessing’: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has
conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’(Ephesians 1:3; 1
Corinthians 2:9). God has so much blessing to give to us. Come to Him
and receive His blessing: ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you; I will
show you …