Sunday, December 12, 2010

3rd Sunday of Advent - December 12, 2010

Luke 2:8-20 (New International Version, ©2010)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Today markes the 3rd Sunday of Advent, and the third candle signifying Joy is lit along with the ones for Hope and Peace. We celebrate with joy along with the shepherds, who saw their anticipated Messiah spoken of long ago by the prophet Micah, born in humble circumstances. He came not as a ruler or conqueror, but as a tiny infant in a place fit ony for the lowly. But it is only in these humble circumstances where we can truly find our redemption.

Unless we too humble ourselves and admit our shortcomings, accepting our need for a Savior, we cannot truly find hope, peace and joy for our souls.

Micah 5:2 (New Living Translation)
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.


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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