2019 Advent Devotions

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Dec 6, 2019 - Prophecy Candle: Psalm 16:10

“For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.”  Many of the religions that have been practiced over the years all proclaim many of the same basic principles.  But it is only the Christian faith that boldly proclaims that the dead shall be raised to a new life.  Here we see that God’s Messiah will not die.  Instead after death he shall have a new life; a resurrected life.  Some will say, “Well that’s good for Jesus, but what about us?”  The answer is in Romans 6.  If we die with Christ, we shall certainly rise with Christ.  Faith in Christ is the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life.  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul declares that “Jesus is the first fruits.”  In other words, just as Christ was raised from the dead to a new and eternal life, so we too shall be raised to a new and eternal life because of our faith, our trust in God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ.  Christ’s resurrection is the down payment on our resurrections.  Amen.

Dec 5, 2019 - Prophecy Candle: Isaiah 61:1

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release the prisoners.”  We are all familiar with the “I have good news and bad news jokes” that were popular many years ago.  So, what is the good news that the Messiah brings.  Simply this, God loves you.  God wants you as His children.  God forgives you and promises you eternal life.  But if that is not enough the prophet says, he will heal the broken hearted.  Illness, death, separation which have crushed us will be ended and we will be made whole once again.  The dead will rise, illness will no longer exist and those separated from us by death will be reunited with us.  We will be freed from our bondage to sin and death.  We will no longer be slaves to sin and death because by Christ’s death and resurrection we are free from the oppression of sin and death.  The promise of the old spiritual will come to pass, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.”  Amen

Dec 4, 2019 - Prophecy Candle: Isaiah 7:14

“The Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look a virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”   In Luke 1: 34 when Mary receives the Word that she will bear a son she asks, “How can this be since I am a virgin.”  The importance of the issue of virginity is important because the father of the Messiah would be God.  The word Immanuel is Hebrew/Greek and it means “God with us.”  If the Messiah is God in a human being, then God must be the father.  In every other religion known to man the gods were always up there, out there somewhere.  The gods knew nothing about the human condition.  The gods were above humans, they knew neither joy or sorrow, happiness or love.  They were disconnected entities whose major function was to disrupt the lives of people.  But with the coming of the Messiah, “God with us,” we see a God who cares.  A God who is involved with His creation.  A God who becomes one of us so He knows, so He experiences all the things that we experience.  God can only relate to us if he is “One with us.”  A God who gives up the glory and the majesty of heaven to suffer death, even death on the cross.  Yes, God is with us.  Amen.

Dec 3, 2019 - Prophecy Candle: 2 Samuel 7:13

“He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his kingdom.”  David is considered the greatest of the kings of Israel.  In spite of his flaws David would repent and remain faithful to God.  It is from the lineage of David that God’s promised Messiah would come.  A king greater than even David.  A king that would build a house, a kingdom in which all people would find peace and justice.  A kingdom in which people would study war no more.  A kingdom where there would be no more tears, no more disease, no more hatred, no more want, no more death.  It would be a kingdom where the wolf shall live with the lamb, the lion shall lie down with the kid, and a little child shall lead them.  In the genealogies presented in both Matthew and Luke, it is clear that Jesus is the promised king.  Amen

Dec 2, 2019 - Prophecy Candle: Genesis 3:15

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head and you will strike his heal.”

No sooner had Adam and Eve disobeyed God than God acted.  The perfection of creation was destroyed by man’s disobedience to God.  All manner of evil was unleashed on creation, including death.   Not just physical death but spiritual death that would mean the separation of humans from God for all of eternity.   But before the dust settled God acted.  Evil will not have the last word, God will have the last word and that word is GRACE.  God’s GRACE will forgive our sin, will save us from eternal separation for God, and will give us life eternal .  God will send one, a champion, who will fight for us.  He will give up his life for us and once having made the sacrifice God will raise that champion to a new life and will give all of us Forgiveness, Salvation, and Eternal Life.  That champion is Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Advent Devotions

 Pastor Joseph's Advent Devotions will begin December 2nd and will be available each weekday morning during Advent.