Day 1: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Read Genesis 1 and Hebrews 1:1-12

Followers of my past blogs would know that I always start the school year with Genesis chapter 1. Whatever it is we’re studying— science, history, math, language— it all has it’s beginning right there in those first few words of scripture, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

In Hebrews 1:2,3 we read that everything that was created was created through Jesus Christ and that it is He who upholds the entire universe by the word of His power. Put that thought side by side with the baby in the manger!

The writer of today’s hymn captured it well with the following words:

“Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Ever more and ever more!

O that birth forever blessed,
When the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face,
Ever more and ever more!”

Our reading in Hebrews 1 ends with this quote from Psalm 102,

“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”

The same Lord, through whom the universe was created, who holds it all together by the word of His power, is the same Lord who became a helpless babe, lived a perfect life, offered Himself up through death on a cross as a sacrifice on our behalf, rose powerfully from the grave and ascended to His rightful throne in Heaven. This same Lord is coming again to judge the living and the dead. There will be a second advent just as surely as there was a first. Do you rejoice in His coming? “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”

(After singing Of the Father’s Love Begotten, click to listen to Handel’s Messiah selections “Unto which of the angels…” and “Let all the angels…” Note: some versions of the Messiah, namely those produced/performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do not contain these selections)

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Click on the About link at the top of the page to find out how we use tiny objects like the one above to help remember each of the 25 people in the genealogy of Christ we will be reading about during the Advent season.

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2 thoughts on “Day 1: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

  1. I am so pleased that you’re sharing your advent devotional. I miss your bible studies so very much. What a special way to reconnect with your family. God bless you all, Judy

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