During Advent, we glory in the humble and small. Herod felt threatened by a small baby. Once that baby was a grown man, his friends fanned out into the world and provoked riots. Paranoid authorities complained, “These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also. . . . They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus” (Acts 17:6-7). But not just another king. The King. The King of kings. Emmanuel, before whom rulers silent fall.
—James C. Howell, Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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And the LORD will become king over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be one and his name one.
—Zechariah 14:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
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