The Advent Of Our God
Advent is classic word that doesn’t get used too often in our everyday language. Advent is from a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival”. In my life it is best articulated as the feeling of anticipation and anxiousness as we watch our friends and family travel towards us for the Holidays. Yes, I mean watch as the dot on Life360 or Find Friends or even Snapchat travels toward you, makes stops along the highway and finally arrives in the driveway. The Advent of our holiday celebration.
Like so many experiences today, they were the same but different in Jesus’ time. Before the birth of Jesus people were constantly watching the scriptures, the politics, nations and even the stars in the sky for the arrival of the Messiah–much like many today point to current events and declare the end of the world or that the second arrival of Jesus is coming.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) This familiar declaration of the arrival of Jesus was actually declared 700 years prior to His actual birth. The anticipation was intense!
Every day the faithful people of God would look forward to the Messiah’s arrival to deliver them from sin and tyranny. That Messiah is here and deliverance is ours. Except, instead of standing in that deliverance and living as people who have the indwelling of God, we too often forfeit those blessings and instead long for and look forward to another deliverance. Our heavenly home.
In this Advent series, we are reminded that Christ is born in us spiritually TODAY! and every day. He enters into us daily to strengthen and support us, save us and renew us. We are changed by His presence within us as we become more and more like Him in the living of our lives.
Week 1 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Blessing (Genesis 12:2): God promises Abraham that an offspring from his line would bring blessing to all. When Jesus was born, that promise came true with an abundance.
Week 2 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Renewal (Isaiah 40:31): The prophet Isaiah declared that a Holy One from God would be born into this world to bring renewal to all the faint and weary. Christ’s birth restores our strength that we might serve him.
Week 3 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Guidance (Psalm 31:3): The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years, often doubting God’s plan for them. With the arrival of Jesus on the scene, we have a clear path to the promised land of heaven through him who is the Way.
Week 4 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Power (Exodus 15:6): John the Baptist pointed to the power of God present in Jesus Christ. As we prepare for the birth of baby Jesus, we point others to the power at work in our lives through our Emmanuel, God with us.
Join us for the Be Born in Us Today special services for Advent on both Sundays and Wednesdays. In these services, we remember that Jesus is born and that birth is a blessing for TODAY! This week we will look at how the prophet Isaiah declared that a Holy One from God would be born into this world to bring renewal to all the faint and weary. That Holy One was Jesus. And he is born in us TODAY!
Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 4
Isaiah 40:21-31, Ephesians 1:7-10, Matthew 1:18-25