Weekly Gathered

Sunday December 4, 2022

John 12:12-26

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

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  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Come, Thou Almighty King
  • Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
  • Joy to the World!

This is the season of Advent, a time when we anticipate and prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophesied Messiah who came to be Immanuel (“God with us”), the Lord of our lives, and the King of eternity. In our text for this week, Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel delivers several promises to Mary, all of which are fulfilled in Jesus. As you anticipate and prepare for our weekly worship gathering this Sunday, consider these questions.

  • What are some traditions, practices, gatherings, people, experiences, etc associated with this season that you anticipate and prepare for? What are some of the emotions and feelings that are associated with this?
  • What were the three different ways that Mary responded to the Gabriel’s presence, words, and promises?
  • God’s people Israel and even many Gentiles were anticipating God’s promised Messiah, though the last prophesies recorded in Scripture had been made about 400 years prior. What are some of the ways those 400 years might have affected the nature and intensity of peoples’ anticipation of the fulfillment of these promises?
  • Consider that ALL of God’s promises have been or will be fulfilled. What are some of God’s promises in his Scriptures about Jesus that fill you with hope, joy, excitement, or even fear?
  • Read 2 Pe 3:8-10. Some of Jesus’ disciples expected the final prophesies to be fulfilled in their lifetimes, 2000 years ago. How can we remain alert, expectant, and in anticipation for Jesus’ return?

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