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     The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.” And the Lord said to me, “They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.” Deut. 18:15-18

Dear Lord Jesus, of all the incredible promises made about your birth, I often overlook one of the first and most wonderful ones given. You are the greater Moses—God’s last Word, in person and proposition. What a joy it is to know that you rule the world with grace and truth, both of which you are full of (John 1:14).

Throughout the history of redemption, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets, at many times and in various ways. But finally and fully, he spoke to us through you, his beloved Son—Creator and heir of all things (Heb. 1:1-3). You are the final Word, Jesus, the living Word, the loving Word, the incarnate Word! We worship and adore you.

Oh, the freedom and joy I have in knowing you’ve spoken and have not stuttered, Lord Jesus. Everything I need to know about God, about the world, about me, about the past, the present, and the future—about all things—I find in you. For all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in you and revealed by you (Col. 1:3). You continually set me free from nonsense and no sense, from illusions and delusions, from all guessing and second-guessing.

Oh, the gladness of this Advent season which reminds me that I don’t cower at the foot of Mount Sinai to hear you teach. No! I am a part of the joyful assembly which listens to you preach the gospel to my heart from Mount Zion (Heb. 12:18-25)! Therefore, I will listen. I will not refuse you, for you speak only words of grace and truth, words of comfort and joy, and words of peace and new creation. So very Amen, I pray in your glorious and grace-filled name.




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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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