2009 December 01
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 4:56PM
John Joseph

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)


I love this time of year! As the preparations to celebrate the advent of our Lord continue, I am filled with hope, love, joy and peace. Those are the four themes of the advent season and they serve to remind me of God’s faithfulness throughout the year.

 

This past year has been a roller coaster of a year. Next year promises little relief as we watch the economy rise and fall with unpredictability. The global challenges do little to alleviate our fears and concerns for the future. But, amidst all the trouble and turmoil, one thing remains consistent: God’s love for you and me.

 

I love to think about the celebrations of Advent down through the years; but more than that, I love to contemplate the significance of the birth of the Christ child, the hope it brought to so many who longed for the appearing of the Messiah to deliver God’s people from bondage. While they might have been thinking about political bondage and Roman oppression, God knew that unless a person was freed from the bondage and slavery of sin, no amount of political freedom would ever satisfy the soul.

 

Christ broke into history that we might know God’s love on a new, personal level. Christ broke into history that grace, mercy and compassion might be a part of our everyday existence. Christ broke into history that we might know eternal life and it all began with a mere babe, a helpless infant, born at just the right time so as to have the maximum benefit and effect upon human history. This is the reason for the season.

 

As you busy yourselves preparing for the advent of the birth of our Savior, be sure to pause along the way and thank God for all He has done. Be sure to thank God for the promises fulfilled in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Be sure to thank Him for the promises we cling to, for the future he holds for us and the hope that sustains us day by day. This Christmas season let us rejoice together in the knowledge that the one whose birth we celebrate still holds the hope for all of mankind. Praise His name above all names and sing with the angels, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all."

 

God bless and happy Christmas,
Pastor David

Article originally appeared on Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church | To Know Christ and Make Christ Known | (http://gmpc.org/).
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