Matthew’s Gospel shares with us how the scholars of Jesus’ day knew where He was to be born. It is almost as if you can hear them say to Herod, “In Bethlehem in Judea – of course- don’t you remember the prophecy?” But it is the Magi from the East, these strange fellows following a … Continue reading Advent Devotion: Worship the newborn King
Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah a word of hope. God’s chosen people are being threatened from within and without. Enemies surround them and the threat of invasion and defeat are ever before them. Inside their borders, corrupt leaders and spiritual apathy create an expectation that all is not well. In the darkest of hours, hope and promise appear—God will continue to walk with and deliver His people.
The season of Advent is more than counting down the days until Christmas- it is our anticipation when Jesus will return. When he will rescue us from sin and death. Advent is a time anticipating that Jesus will renew and redeem creation and wipe every tear from our eyes. That redemptive work begins now when we surrender our lives to Jesus and will be fully realized when Jesus comes back as he promised.
Knowing a person is more than just knowing their name. It has to do with time; time being invested in the relationships. Getting to know people means learning people’s stories, knowing where they come from, knowing what makes them happy, sad, angry, and fearful.
As we continue on with Advent and draw closer to the celebration of the Christ Child, let us focus on two other aspects of Advent. We are just about ready to celebrate His first Advent. We all know the story, how God visited us in a manger, and lived with us. This is what we … Continue reading Advent Devotion: Our blessed hope