Friday, December 13
Matthew 11:2–11
What mighty things has God done in your life and the lives of those around you? We need to be able to point to the tangible difference Jesus makes in our lives—both for our own faith and for the faith of those around us.

In this Gospel text, Jesus names a number of concrete changes that have taken place through his ministry: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor receive good news. These changes are evidence of God’s power in Jesus.

Jesus tells us that we will do even greater things than he did when we receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:12). Pause today and name one way the Holy Spirit has brought about healing, reconciliation, comfort, justice, forgiveness, and hope in your life and in the lives of those around you. Tell someone else!

Mighty God, give us eyes to see the amazing things you are doing in and through our lives. Give us ears to hear the words you are speaking to us and to the world. Amen.

From O Come, O Come Emmanuel, a publication of Luther Seminary. Used with permission. You may download O Come, O Come Emmanuel via this link. If you subscribe to Luther Seminary’s God Pause, you will receive O Come, O Come, Emmanuel in your email inbox each day of Advent. If you’re not a God Pause subscriber, sign up here and select “God Pause Daily Devotions.” You’ll continue to receive daily God Pause devotions, written by Luther Seminary alumni, after Advent ends.

Writers: Michael Binder ’17, Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership; Amy Marga, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. Theological Editor: James L. Boyce ’71, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek. Cover photo by Elizabeth Explores on Unsplash.