Monday, December 1, 2014

A Great Light has Come - December 1, 2014

Isaiah 9:2;6-7(New Living Translation)
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
...
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

We are now in the time when the Christian church marks the beginning of the season of Advent(Latin adventus means "the coming"). This marks the time when God's people prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not only the remembrance of his first coming at the birth of Christ, but it's a time that reminds us to look forward in anticipation of Christ's second coming. Many traditional churches yesterday marked the 1st Sunday of Advent with the lighting of the first Advent candle, signifying Hope.

This tradition has been lost in many evangelical, non-denominational churches, but this reminder given through the practice of reflecting on Christ's coming through Advent, seems even more appropriate today as the world focus on shopping, Santa Claus, reindeer and the like. As we approach Christmas, we need to stop to read God's word and meditate on Jesus Christ and his coming.

In this portion of scripture from the prophet Isaiah, written almost 700 years prior to the event, we read the word of God speaking of Christ's advent, the coming of "a great light" that will shine on those living in a land of great darkness. Who else can Isaiah be prophesying about when we read, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders."

The "Hope of Mankind" is coming into the world; a light is coming to shine into the darkness of man's heart and bring freedom from the bondage of our sin. And we will call him our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and the Prince of our Peace.

 

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