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Week two of our 4 weeks of Christmas advent

We began last week of celebrating Christmas with a four-week advent remembrance.  We said that Advent means, “coming or arriving.” And who’s soon coming or arrivals are we celebrating? Jesus of course, after all we celebrate Christmas because of Him.

We celebrate advent as a way of keeping our thoughts and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s easy to get pulled into the worldly celebration of Christmas with the lights and shopping frenzy.  But keeping Christmas a holiday that is focused on the birth of our Savior and Messiah is less noticeable in the public square.

 The advent is very symbolic of the things that we place as having a special meaning to Christmas. We celebrate advent by using 4 candles each representing a spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord Jesus Messiah and also for the Old Testament Jews, each candle represented a 1,000 years of waiting for the appearance of their Messiah.

 Last Friday we lit the first candle and we talked about how it represented Hope. We also mentioned the first week of Advent being referred to as the prophecy candle and we read a number of those during our service from the old testament that spoke of Jesus and who, what and where he would be about. That was last week. We also said that there were some 300 prophecies talking about Jesus in some role as Messiah.  Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are unbelievable. Statisticians put it this way:

1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 now consider 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power. 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Not calculable – meaning that its just impossible, at least without our God doing the prophecies! 

This Friday is our second Friday of Advent, the second purple candle called the “Bethlehem Candle,” is lit. It’s called the Bethlehem candle to remind us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. This candle also represents the candle of preparation and Faith. Let’s start tonight by talking about the preparations for the coming Messiah – Jesus.

Isaiah 40:3 & Luke 3:4-6 As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:  ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mankind will see God’s salvation.

 This verse speaks of the preparations that the Holy Spirit was calling for to be done by everyone for the coming Messiah.  Why? In ancient times, when a king was going to visit a city, he would send before him someone to announce his coming, someone to warn others that he would be arriving soon. The person sounding the warning was called a herald and he would go around the city, and go before the leaders of the city, telling them all, “The king is coming. He will be here any day. So clean up your lives. Make sure you are all in obedience to the kings commands so that you will not be punished when he arrives.”

 Everyone had to be prepared for the Kings coming or be punished. Sound familiar. If we aren’t prepared for the coming of Jesus as said in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 1:7 2 Peter 3:10 and many more places, then we are the losers for eternity and are destined for hell. Come join us and listen closely how we too can be prepared for our soon coming King Jesus and spend eternity in heaven with Him.

Pastor Tim 

 

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