Sunday, December 8, 2013

The 2nd Sunday of His Coming - December 8, 2013

Luke 1:26-38(New Living Translation)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.”

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

As we celebrate the second Sunday before the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we remember how His birth was made possible. To most, the story above might seem crazy; how could a young woman become pregnant having never been with a man, and how can a human being give birth to God? Believing requires faith, but believing in this supernatural truth can transform your life.

God did step down to earth, was born to a young woman, lived among men and died on a cross as the penalty for the sins of mankind. He then stepped out of the grave, and after being seen by over 500 witnesses, returned to Heaven. He offers us eternal life with Him, simply by believing and accepting what He has done. Once we do accept Him, Christ changes your life. Nothing compares to the way He lifts the burdens of all who follow Him.

As we anticipate His coming and celebrate His birth among men, make sure you accept God's special gift of mercy and grace, meant for all who love Him. This Christmas, make sure you don't miss the real reason for the season; make sure that you discover the One who has come to save you from all of your sins, and who offers you life forever with Him.

The past couple of years I have taken you with me on my Advent journey as I travel the path of "the coming", the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading these highlights about our Savior as much as I do.

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