The Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Daily Devotions for Advent follows Dr. Sinclair Fergusson’s 2018 release with the same theme, Love Came Down at Christmas. In this new devotional, he invites us to join him in walking through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew to know more and worship the Promised King.
This book is composed of 24 devotionals divided into four parts designed for the four weeks of December that ultimately leads to Christmas day. Part One: The Family History traces the genealogy of Jesus as it is written in the Scriptures. Part Two: The Family focuses on the virgin conception, Joseph’s restraints, and the prophecy about the Messiah. Part Three: The Visitors retells the story of the wise men from the east as they seek the Lord. Lastly, Part Four: The Journeys highlights the family’s long journey out of Egypt, and the fulfillment of more prophecies.
Dr. Fergusson opens each part with a set of passages from the Gospel of Matthew. He then exegetes the texts into chapters that wonderfully tell the coming of the Messiah, the dawn of redeeming grace. He finally ends each devotional with a fitting Christmas hymn.
What I love most about these devotionals is that they are theologically-deep yet very readable. Unlike other devotionals these days, the gospel message here is not watered-down. They point you to Christ and lead you to doxology, awe, and wonder. Dr. Fergusson also included a lot of historical trivia and facts as he exposits the Word—his beautiful way of telling the historicity of the Christmas story.
The Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Daily Devotions for Advent is just a short, small book but heavy-loaded with rich spiritual and theological reflections on the doctrine of the incarnation. I highly recommend this to be read with the whole family!
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Disclosure: A review copy of The Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Daily Devotions for Advent (ISBN 9781784986384) was provided for review by The Good Book Company, from whom you may purchase a copy.