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First Week of Advent

Luke 2:9

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

RayMcDAdvent began yesterday. Do we have any idea why we celebrate Advent – or don’t celebrate it? Advent is more than the period of time that begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and runs through Christmas Eve. It is more than merely a time of awaiting the coming of the baby Jesus in the manger. As we mentioned yesterday in the message – Christ is Coming – it is about the return of Christ as well.

In the fourth century when they began to celebrate Advent – it was also a time of remembering and waiting on the Lord’s return. Have any of us ever heard the term/word – Maranatha? It is an Aramaic term that literally means – Come Lord, Come – and was often used to invite our Lord’s return for His church. I have been using it a lot through my years of ministry – with all of the unrest – the shootings – the terrorists – the bombings – the election – the horizontal noise all around us. I have cried out many times for the Lord to come – to return for His people – to save us from ourselves.

Not only is the Glory of God seen when Jesus is being born – and the glory of the Lord shone around them – but the Glory of God will shine when Jesus returns. Describing Christ’s departure from earth – Luke records these words:

Luke 21:27 – At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

As we approach Christmas this year – let us not only look toward the baby Jesus – but let us also remember the returning Messiah – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lords. Let us cry out – Come Lord, Come – Maranatha! Advent is all about the coming of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ!

Let us keep our eyes centered on Jesus. Let us keep our vertical vision focused on Jesus. Let us keep Christ in Christmas. Let us enter this Advent with the right focus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 28, 2016 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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