Summary: An Advent Sermon

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Luke 3:7-18

"God Works in the World!!"

God works in our world in wonderful ways when we least expect or as it goes unnoticed by the majority of people. with signs of God’s love but most go unnoticed. As Christmas approaches we excited about this dramatic sign which shows us God’s love. Yet, baby Jesus or way world, the Christmas sign is not the only way God reveals himself to us. His signs of love are all around us, in the in the people who touch our lives, in or encouragement we receive eve from in all sorts of subtle and yes even dramatic ways revealing his love for us today.

Let me demonstrate with the following: "The mall was shoppers. They were it seemed racing every which way in the halls and stores. Cashiers struggled to stay ahead of the growing lines of impatient customers. Amid the havoc, nobody noticed that on elderly woman hod dropped her packages near an exit door and was having a rough time getting then together. Nobody, that is except a plain looking teenage boy who came over, wordlessly reassembled her purchases, and then lifted the packages in his lanky arms saying, ’I can get them to your car.’

’Thanks’ she answered in a loud voice and winked. The boy smiled. Nobody saw them as they headed out the exit, but in a crowded shopping mall something very good had happened."

That teenage boy was a ’Christ-figure’ to that elderly woman. That teenage boy was a sign of God’s love for that elderly woman amid all the rush of shopping. That teenage boy was salvation for that woman in that circumstance of dropped packages. That teenage boy was for that woman a very dramatic sign of God’s love for her as the Christmas event is a very dramatic sign of God’s ’s love for the entire world. That is what I mean by God’s love present in signs today. Only we don’t see those events as signs of God’s love, but we should. This morning we are going to look at God’s signs of love in our world, how God keeps repeating the Christmas event even today with his signs of love.

In our first lesson, Zephaniah is telling the people of Israel that God is in her midst. God has driven out the enemies, he has given strength to Israel’s hands, has brought love into the land, God has ruled and will continue to rule over the land. Yes, God was with that nation of Israel. God had come, God was in her midst. In the same way as God was with Israel, God is with His people today. "God is with us because we are his people, his children through the event of Baptism. Zephaniah tells the nation to rejoice to sing songs, to be exceedingly happy with all of their heart that God is in her midst. God coming into our midst is a joyous time a time to celebrate, to make merry. The Christmas event is a reminder in a very dramatic way that God came into this world as one of us, and that He continues to come into this world on a daily basis. This is good news or is it?? Is it good news that God is coming or does that news frighten you?? Do you fear God because you know His presence while bringing good news also brings a judgment, a time of accounting into our lives??

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