The Dawning Of Indestructible Joy (Paperback)John Piper
Advent is for adoring Jesus.
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming—the arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity.
This is the greatest of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening and intensifying the joy of Christmas.
These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season.
About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
Size173 x 125 mm
Number of Pages94 pp
PublisherGood News Publishers / Crossway Books
Draw Near to the Savior
Now may the God of peace who brought again from
the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the
sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you
with everything good that you may do his will, working
in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
One of the things pleasing in God’s sight is that his people
keep on drawing near to him forever and ever. And so he is
working in us this very thing.
Hebrews 13:21 says he is doing this “through Jesus Christ,”
which means, at least, that Jesus has purchased this grace for
us by his death and that Jesus prays and asks the Father for it
on the basis of that death.
In other words, when the writer of Hebrews tells us that
drawing near to God is what qualifies us for the eternal saving
work of our High Priest, he doesn’t mean to say that our High
Priest leaves us alone in our sinful bent and natural resistance,
as if we could draw near to God on our own. Rather, our High
Priest intercedes for us and asks the Father to do just what
Hebrews 13:21 says he will do—work in us what is pleasing in
his sight—“through Jesus Christ.”
Let me illustrate this by the way it looked when our High
Priest was on the earth. In Luke 22:31–32 Jesus says to Peter,
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he
might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your
faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen
your brothers.” So already Jesus was interceding for his own
when he was on the earth. And he was praying that Peter’s
faith—that his faith—our faith—not fail.
Moreover, he was so confident in his prayer for Peter that he
said, “When you have turned again,” not, “If you turn again.”
So even though Peter stumbled in denial, his faith did not fail
utterly. That is what the Lord prays for us. This is one more
piece of our great security and hope in this great epistle of