Advent Season, "The Coming of Jesus"
Advent, a Latin word – Advenio means “to come to.” Christians use the four Sundays and weeks in December of Advent to prepare our hearts and remember the real meaning of Christmas, the coming of Jesus, the Savior’s Advent.
(Isaiah 7: 3-14) Isaiah, one of God’s prophets was given a message to give to King Azah, who was terrified because two kings got together and were going to destroy him and his territory. When God spoke to Isaiah, he told him to go out to meet King Azah. He told Isaiah where to find him and to tell him not to worry that it would not be destroyed. He told him to tell Ahaz “if” he wanted God’s protection, just ask God to give him a sign. King Ahaz refused to do as God had to ask because of unbelief. The Lord himself chose the sign: behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel. This prophetic word did come to pass. Ahaz missed the opportunity to simply obey God, it had nothing to do with the prophecy. God wanted Ahaz to ask for any sign, He wanted Ahaz to believe that He would defeat his enemies.
(Matthew 1:18-21) V21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. God already knew that fallen man would need a Savior, so in His time, this prophecy was fulfilled.
“Joy to the World”
Due to the Pandemic, the entire world is in a crisis. Is it possible to have joy with so much impacting our livelihood? God has told us some things were going to happen, but COVID came in like a flood. The answer is still yes, you can have Joy despite any circumstance. God is not a man that He should lie. How can I have Joy? You must make the decision to have Joy. The joy that I am referring to can only come from Jesus. He has come to give you a choice that is possible in Him. You can choose to have the fruit of the spirit which produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). During this Advent Season, will you think about asking God to come into your heart and give you a heart for Him and His business? He will do the rest, but you must believe in Him and not refuse him as King Ahaz did. Jesus’ mission on earth was to bring Joy to the world.
Joy to the World is one of the Christmas Carols that we all have sung. The original writer, Isaac Watts, said the words had nothing to do with Christmas, it was not even a song, but part of a compilation of poems. The words he wrote were inspired by Psalm 98 – the celebration of Jesus’ role as King of both his church and the whole world. A few of the verses to the song “Joy to the World” ….
· Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room
During this 2020 Advent Season – Let’s examine ourselves as the word tells us to do. Is there room for God’s Divine Plan in your life, family & ministry, or is your capacity filled with what you want to do?
· Let Earth Receive Her King
God’s church is the special community of people who are undergoing His transformative work. The Spirit of the Living God uses the life of His church to further His agenda; using man to teach the Christian doctrine, develop people in the word, and to promote stewardship in the church and the community.
· He Comes to Make His Blessings Flow
Can we agree that we live most of our lives out in the world among people who all, are not yet being transformed? Our Christian lifestyle should exemplify the impact of the joy of the Living God. How? By allowing the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and teach us daily how to win others to Christ, and allowing His love in us, to draw some out of a dark world.
· He Rules the World with Truth & Grace
Here we Grow…Living in God’s Word. As the Christian life continues to develop by the transforming power of the word of God. What do you think should happen? We should come to realize in our hearts the assignment that God gives us on the battlefield or in the vineyard belongs to Him. He equips us to empower others to flourish more fully – not always in a way that directly redeems them. Why? Because only a personal regeneration through Jesus Christ can save a human being. Those that we serve in the community may never come to the church, but our community outreach to them should bring intentional experiences of God’s joy.
In conclusion, it’s Advent Season 2020, the four Sundays and weeks that we celebrate the “Coming of Jesus’ Birth, and we can have “Joy to the World” that Jesus Christ offers to every man, woman, boy, and girl. It is a choice that we all should make. Salvation is one of the greatest goals that we can accomplish, and it’s free.
Comfort in Knowing… (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
For indeed, there will be a 2nd Advent – Jesus is coming back! For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.