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The Hope of Advent: Coming Alive in Christ

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Dec 26, 2000

Summary: Christmas is the promise of new life in Christ. We know what Christ is like. We know the joy of sins forgiven. We know the hope of heaven.

THE HOPE OF ADVENT: COMING ALIVE IN CHRIST

Ephesians 2:1-10

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed father looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. But the day came when war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram that his beloved son had been killed while carrying a fellow soldier to a medic.

On Christmas morning a knock came at the door of the old man’s home, and as he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hand. He introduced himself to the man by saying, “I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you.” “I’m an artist,” said the soldier, “and I want to give you this.” As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of his son. Though the art critics would never consider the work a piece of genius, the painting did feature the young man’s face in striking detail, and seemed to capture his personality.

The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation! According to the will of the old man, all of the art works would be auctioned. The day soon arrived, and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world’s most spectacular paintings. The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum’s list. It was the painting of the man’s son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid. The room was silent. “Who will open the bidding with $100?” he asked. Minutes passed with not a sound from those who came to buy. From the back of the room someone callously called out, “Who cares about that painting? It’s just a picture of his son. Let’s forget it and go on to the important paintings.” There were other voices which echoed in agreement. But the auctioneer replied, “No, we have to sell this one first. Now, who will take the son?” Finally, a friend of the old man spoke. “I knew the boy, so I’d like to have it. I will bid the $100.” “I have a bid for $100,” called the auctioneer. “Will anyone go higher?” After a long silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once. Going twice. Gone.” The gavel fell. Cheers filled the room and someone was heard to say, “Now we can get on with it!” But the auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over. Stunned disbelief quieted the room. Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over? We didn’t come here for a picture of some old guy’s son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of dollars worth of art here! We demand that you explain what’s going on!” The auctioneer replied, “It’s very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son... gets it all.”

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John Browning avatar
John Browning
0 days ago
Very enjoyable, was able to glean several points from your sermon.
Stephanie Robbins avatar
Stephanie Robbins
0 days ago
Very good! It spoke to my heart and gave me some ideas.
James Kelley avatar
James Kelley
0 days ago
A well conceived and constructed message with an evangelistic appeal. Thank you for listening to the Lord.
Johnny Wilson avatar
Johnny Wilson
0 days ago
Your illustrations are particularly memorable. I don''t know the source of your opening illustration, but it''s beautiful. But the one I''m most likely to borrow is your illustration about the unwrapped golf clubs. I''ve tried to describe this experience in terms of reading travel books prior to an anticipated trip, but I think your symbolism is more memorable. Thank you!
Mekoncho Thadius Folecha avatar
Mekoncho Thadius Folecha
0 days ago
This is it. Well structured and thoughtful message. It deeply touches my heart. Thank you so much for the inspirational message.I would like to borrow the ideas from this sermon. God bless you.
Wes Humble avatar
Wes Humble
0 days ago
Thanks Rodney for sharing!
Walter Baudoin avatar
Walter Baudoin
0 days ago
You have described the ADVENT and our anticipation of the 2nd COMING so very well--I wish to use some of it in an upcoming sermon with your permission.
Rodney Buchanan avatar
Rodney Buchanan
0 days ago
With my blessing Walter. Thanks for asking.
Melvin Newland avatar
Melvin Newland
0 days ago
Thank you for this outstanding message. It reminds us so well of what Christmas really means!

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