Sunday, December 15, 2013

The 3rd Sunday of His Coming - December 15, 2013

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.

As we celebrate the third Sunday before the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we celebrate with joy along with the shepherds, who saw their anticipated Messiah spoken of long ago by the prophets. He was born in humble circumstances, and He came not as a ruler or conqueror, but as a tiny infant in a place fit only for the lowly. Though He came in this way, He was destined to be the greatest among men, and the image of God, sent to give Himself as payment for the sins of mankind.

It is only in these humble circumstances, among the lowliest of society, 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. For God lifts up the weak and makes them strong, by offering them His forgiveness. Let is too join the shepherds in praise and thanksgiving, as we consider in amazement and wonder the presence of "God with us".

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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