Advent is a time to celebrate the coming of our savior at Christmas. This is a time of waiting, yes, but also a time of rejoicing as we get to reflect on Jesus in a specific way.
All of time is centered on one moment. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son”.
The kingdom of God is coming. Rejoice Christian! Your sins are forgiven, and death is no more.
The Word of God who created the world, is recreating the world so that we would be brought back to the God we were made to delight in.
May we seek to enter into this sinful world to tell other image-bearers of the Word who already entered sin, bore sin, and finished sin, calling them to place their delight in Jesus the eternal Son of God who took on flesh.
He is the one who redeemed our dead soles. He is the one who took our sins. And he is the one who brought us out of the grave, where our sins remained.
Delight in the begotten Word.
Christmas changes everything by providing a Good Shepherd.
Christmas changes everything by providing a perfect judge.
Genesis 3:8-15 shows us that no mere human representative will ever suffice. We need a better representative than Adam, Moses, etc. We need the representative that came at Christmas.
We don’t grasp Jesus as our ruler and the depths of the implications contained in that fact.
Luke 2:22-38 shows us the broad scope of God’s salvation, and details how it comes about. More than that, we see how we should long for it and be eager to tell others.
Message Details Luke 1:46-55 Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will...
Coming to a clear understanding of God’s salvation should prompt us to greater obedience and service to our Savior.
When the angel appeared to the shepherds, he claimed that he had some good news of great joy. What was so good about this news? Was it good news then, but it has lost its relevance for today? We will see that the news is still just as good today as then, and it is still for all people, just like the angel said.
Does the return of Jesus matter to you? Why should it? shows us the importance of the second coming of Jesus and discloses how we ought to live as we wait.
In his death, Jesus stood in our place, so that we would live.
Did the life of Jesus matter? We know his death took the punishment for sins, but what purpose did his previous years of life serve?
Message Details Passage: Text The Philistines Capture the Ark 4 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. 2 The Philistines drew up in line...
This child is our great high priest who has reconciled us to God. He is a sinless, gracious and a greater high priest.
Message Details Passage: Luke 4:14-30 Isaiah 61:1-2 Jesus Begins His Ministry 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by...
What does “Immanuel” mean? Why is Jesus called by this name? “Immanuel means “God with us,” and when we explore the pages of the Bible, we see that humanity’s greatest need is for God to dwell with them in good relationship. Jesus, God in the flesh, meets that need!
Message Details Passage: Luke 2:22-35 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be...
Message Details Passage: Galatians 4:1-5 1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,[a] though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when...
Message Details Passage: Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Intro: Why did the 'King of Glory' have to come? Outro: We see the second...
Details Passage: Psalm 24 1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,[a] the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy...