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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Grace

Yesterday was the first Sunday of the Advent season. We will be focusing on the idea of Christmas Grace and The Reason for Christmas. The birth of Jesus was prophesied hundreds of years before he was born. 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) “Advent” simply means coming as in Christ is coming. This is referring to His birth in history and in humanity. It meant the welcoming or the arrival of a special king and for us; it is our King of kings. This is what the Old Testament prophecies foretold concerning Jesus’ Incarnation, the Word made flesh for our hope and Atonement that brought us our deliverance. Advent represents our expectation, anticipation, and preparation for who Christ is and what He has done for us. He arrived into the world as a human being, being fully God and fully man. He came to identify as one of us, as the Son of Man, as a baby born in a manger. He came for us, He came for you and He comes into our lives and into our hearts. He is coming again in great power and glory to bring His Kingdom into fruition. Remember what Christmas is about as you experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. 

The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
They break forth into singing.
The cypresses rejoice at you,
And the cedars of Lebanon. (Is. 14:7,8)
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you:
The cypress, the plane, and the pine;
To beautify the place of my sanctuary;
And I will make the place of my feet glorious! (Is 60:13,14) 

Welcome Jesus in to your heart and let Him shine in your life this Christmas season.