Summary: Advent is a season of preparation for the Christmas season. It is a time to reflect on the coming of the Christ child but also about the soon second coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is Coming
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas and I believe is designed to slow us down and help us prepare ourselves for Christmas.
We are to (celebrate with enthusiasm) the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Nothing wrong with present buying and food prep and family gatherings, but if we are really going to celebrate Christmas for its intended purpose, we cannot neglect Christ.
Advent was designed to do that for the believer- you have to decide if you will take the time, energy, to let it do that for you.
With the Lords help, we can experience Christmas in a fresh and new and creative way if we allow God time to show us and give us that perspective.
Will you allow God to do something new? Will you give Him permission and the time to do it?
Here is the my intended thoughts for this Advent season-
Jesus is Coming
Jesus is Lord
Jesus is the light to this dark world.
This Jesus will change your life.
No matter where you are in your journey of life, He can and will make it better if you let Him.
Over 700 hundred years before the physical Jesus would walk on this earth, God had a plan.
Isaiah 59:19-20- Read from Bible
Acts 2:38-39 New Testament
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This promise belongs to you and to your children and to all who are far off, to all whom the Lord our God will call to Himself."
The redeemer was coming (Isaiah) and now has come (Acts)
A plan designed for mankind by God which prophesied and recorded that a redeemer (Jesus) was coming.
The redeemer coming would be a witness. Isa. 55:4
The redeemer coming would provide salvation. Isa. 59:15
The redeemer coming would be an intercessor between God and man. Isa. 59:15
The redeemer coming would have the spirit of God upon him. Isa. 61:1
The redeemer coming would provide freedom from sin and death. Isa. 61;1
The redeemer coming would provide a period of Grace. Isa. 61:1
The redeemer coming would be resurrected by God. Isa. 55:3
These things have all been fulfilled. The redeemers name is Jesus Christ.
For the nation of Israel and the prophet Isaiah, it was the anticipation of the redeemer coming and being prepared to welcome Him in when He comes.
The excitement of a redeemer coming.
The fulfillment of the promise of God.
The recognition of knowing Him when He arrived.
Isaiah never saw the Lord in his lifetime, (Never saw Him with his eyes) but patiently waited with anticipation.
For him, Jesus would be hope to the nation of Israel.
For us on this side of the cross, He (Jesus) is the hope of not only Israel but for all who would receive salvation and forgiveness.
The first candle of Advent is Hope.
Hope is something gained by putting your trust in something.
Hope is lost when what you put your trust in has failed or you have lost faith that it will happen.
Even though Isaiah never saw the redeemer come, he never lost faith in the hope that He was coming. It was a promise he lived, breathed, and died. The fact does not change because he did not see it, it just was not in his timing, it was God’s timing.
We have all kinds of proof that Jesus lived, die, and was resurrected.
At His resurrection, He promised to come back and receive those that have put their faith in the redeemer (Jesus Christ)
So, here we are today over 2000 years later and we are waiting for our redeemer to return.
They waited for Jesus to Come
The promise of the redeemer has been fulfilled. The power of the Holy Spirit is to lead us and guide His people to the redeemer.
We as believers are waiting for Him to return.
The difference is that we do not have to wonder if the redeemer will do what He has promised, we need to figure out how we are going to live and wait with anticipation and dedication and obedience so that we are ready for the redeemer to return.
A dear Saint went home to the Lord last week. She was 98 years old. She will no longer have to wait to see the promises of God fulfilled, she is rejoicing in the presence of God Almighty. Absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. That is a promise for a believer. That is our Good News!
Hope/ Biblical hope is faith in God. It is the foundation of our hope.