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Summary: Some today may think life is so terrible an affliction upon them that God seems to have forgotten to be gracious. I preach today that the Christ is born The grace of God is upon you today. Today, through the darkness shines the light Today, the t

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“O Come, O Come, Immanuel!”

Pastor Allan Kircher

25 December 2011

Isaiah 40:1-2

Introduction

Only ten hour’s more/Pacific Coast/13 short hours/Atlantic coast,

 And another Christmas will be but a memory.

A Few moments more to linger in the colorful radiance of the Christmas tree.

A few moments more to blend our hearts and voices in cheerful Christmas melodies

A few moments more/enjoy happiness that comes to our reunited family circles/Christmas

And then this day of days from which we unwillingly release our grasp is gone!

 It will give way to tomorrow.

 men will resume their normal activities

 The spell of Christmas is will be broken, its luster dimmed, its message forgotten.

But Christmas is too wonderfully magnificent to be confined to one solitary, fleeting day.

o There is a deathless significance in this Child of Christmas

o a permanent and divinely bestowed gift of God

o It brings perpetual happiness, immeasurable and unspeakable, both here and hereafter.

If you have never permitted the star of faith to guide you to Bethlehem to that manger.

If with Herod like determination you have tried to stifle the glorification of the Babe of Bethlehem.

 I employ you to separate your hearts from all your earth born attachments,

 To submerge the harsh dissonance of cold doubt and frigid skepticism

And follow the lowly shepherds to that glorious Child in Mary’s arms

To immortalize Christmas as a hope of perpetual and undying happiness by hearing and believing the divine and unfailing answer to this question:

• Who is this Child in which the very universe revolves?

In whom the hopes and fears of all the years have found their joyous fulfillment?

Message

Today we are standing at the gateway of Advent/Christmas.

I wish that the authentic thrill of Advent could lay some deep spell upon our spirits.

o The glory of the coming of the Lord is here!

o It means breaking in of the divine into human history.

o The supernatural into the natural.

It means today, a sense of something great impending from the side of heaven.

 The world is blundering in a morass of sin and sorrow.

 Darkness in the streets, men losing hope completely.

But here and there some man, some group of men, some Church stands listening and intent—for God is marching on.

That is Advent. This is Christmas

 People have their personal problems.

 There are brave faces which hide sore hearts

 secret wounds that ache

 And a restlessness that comes every morning.

Some today may think life is so terrible an affliction upon them that God seems to have forgotten to be gracious.

o I preach today that the Christ is born

o The grace of God is upon you today.

o Today, through the darkness shines the light

o Today, the troubled heart will grow calm again.

“Be still, my soul; for God will surely come.”

That is Advent. This is Christmas

o I wish we could all recapture the authentic thrill of Christmas.

o And that spirit is of our text, “Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, says your God.”


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