Sunday, December 5, 2010

2nd Sunday of Advent - December 5, 2010

Isaiah 26:3 (New Century Version)
3 You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you.

Matthew 1:18-25 (New International Version, ©2010)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

For the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we mark "the coming" with the lighting of a second candle that stands for "Peace". This is done in concert with the first candle of "Hope". These signify the apporaching celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus, who would be the hope of mankind, and bring true peace into the world. The Prince of Peace is coming into the world, and he as the image of God reconciles everything to himself through his incarnation, death, and resurrection.

The peace we receive from Jesus is the peace that our souls will be right with God. Despite what we have done, because of Jesus precious sacrifice, if we accept his gift, we can be sure that we are in right standing with God. No more will their be fear that after we pass from this earth, that we will be unsure of what will happen to us. No longer is there no hope of a future in heaven and an eternal future with God. Their is no other religion, no other faith that can bring you this certainty, hope and peace, because no other human in history came and died for us.

Are you troubled and in need of His hope and peace this Christmas Season? Are you at the "end of your rope", and in need of someone to save you from your hurt, pain and distress? Look, for Jesus has come to save his people from their sins. Jesus has paid it all. Give your heart and hurt to him and he will give your life hope and peace.

John 16:33 (New International Version, ©2010)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 5:1-5 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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