December 18, 2013


Matthew 3:1-12

It amazes me that the most anti-Christian group (Hollywood) is the quickest to use themes from the Bible. Take the movie “The Matrix” for example. Morpheus (a John the Baptist figure) is looking for the coming of “the one.” The majority of the movie is focused on the character Neo (a messiah figure), the one who is to save the people from being trapped inside the Matrix (the evil one). And just as it was in Jesus’ time, there were doubters. At the end of the movie, Neo does prove that he is “the one.”

In this season of Advent, we too look for the coming Messiah. Unlike the doubters of the Matrix, or of Jesus’ time, we know Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world. In this season of anticipation, we look for his coming again to free us from the forces of the devil, including death. Jesus, the promised Messiah, came wrapped in humanity, as an infant, to live with us, experience our pain and sorrow, and pay the price we cannot pay. He defeated sin and death that we might have eternal life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son that we might receive forgiveness of our sin, be reconciled to you, and live with you forever. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.


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