DAY 22: Isaiah 40:1-3 – Prepare a way for the Lord
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
1 Peter 3:15 – “Speak tenderly…”
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
DAY 23 – Luke 3:2-6, God’s word comes to John the Baptist
God’s word to John is to preach repentance.
He is Isaiah’s prophesied voice in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord’
2 During the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for Him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’ “
But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
DAY 24 – Luke 3:7-18, Crowds coming to be baptised told to repent sincerely
7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptised by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The axe has been laid to the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.’
10 ‘What should we do then?’ the crowd asked.
11 John answered, ‘Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.’
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptised. ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘what should we do?’
13 ‘Don’t collect any more than you are required to,’ he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’
He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.’
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.
16 John answered them all, ‘I baptise you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire.
17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’
18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
DAY 25 – Luke 21:25-36, The fig tree and signs that the kingdom of God is near
Be prepared – for the world’s tensions to become prominent
Anticipation of final redemption in end-times turmoil.
Believers are to recognise the signs of the Son of Man coming again, in joy and trust
25 ‘There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’
29 He told them this parable: ‘Look at the fig-tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Matt. 23:37 – 24:8
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,a how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,b and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.a 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’a”a
24:1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another;a every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives,a the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your comingb and of the end of the age?”c
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.a 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.a 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.a There will be faminesb and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Matt. 24:29 Immediately after the distress of those days
“the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
Matt. 24:30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.b 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Luke 13:34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,a and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate.a I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’a”b
Luke 22:18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
DAY 26: Joel 2:31, 1 Thess 5:2 – Day of the Lord comes unannounced
The sun will be turned to darknessa
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.b
Amos 5:18 Woe to you who long
for the day of the LORD!a
Why do you long for the day of the LORD?b
That day will be darkness,c not light.d
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
only to meet a bear,a
as though he entered his house
and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.b
20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness,a not light—
pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?b
21 “I hate,a I despise your religious festivals;b
your assembliesc are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offeringsa and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.b
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.c
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.a
24 But let justicea roll on like a river,
righteousnessb like a never-failing stream!c
1 Thess 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lorda will come like a thief in the night.b
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
DAY 27: Philippians 1:3-11, Ready for the Day of Christ.
Prepare for the day of God’s work completed in us.
Paul prays with joy for the believers in Philippi with a view to God’s eternal purpose for them.
1 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
DAY 28: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Rev 3:12–Caught up with Christ
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Rev. 3:12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillarb in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my Godc and the name of the city of my God,d the new Jerusalem,e which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.
Oasis ReMAP Immanuel WEEK 4 (TOP)