The Love of Advent

Love

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, AMP)

Today is the last day of Advent 2017. Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our Savior. There was no other way to redeem us so He, the Word through whom all things were made and are sustained, He became flesh for us. May this truth constantly boggle our minds, bend our knees, and so fill our hearts with gratitude, that our lips and lives overflow with praise and worship.

May your Christmas be filled with wonder.

Advent Week 2: Peace

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Introduction and Day 8

Peace:*

  1. a state of tranquility or quiet: as, a) freedom from civil disturbance; b) a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
  2. freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  3. harmony in personal relations
  4. a) a state or period of mutual concord between governments; b)  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

These definitions of peace highlight that peace falls into two broad categories: intrapersonal peace (inner peace); and interpersonal peace (between individuals and broader communities locally, state wide, nationally, and between nations).

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word made flesh is the Prince of Peace. All forms of peace.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

I know I have been guilty of limiting His domain as the Prince of Peace to intrapersonal peace and peace between individuals. Perhaps you are guilty of this misperception also. But He is the Prince of all peace. All peace.

This second week of Advent, I will focus on peace primarily through sharing Scripture verses about peace. Through His written Word, we have the assurance that the Prince of Peace wants us to have His peace in all circumstances and makes it possible for us to do so.

Prayer

Father, there is so much pain, devastation, hopelessness, and despair in our world. And even during this Advent season, there can be much of the same within us. But it is Your desire that we know Your peace in all situations and all seasons of life. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior, give us the desire and the ability to turn from the hustle and distractions around us and focus on You, so that we may experience Your peace.  In Jesus Name.

*Merriam-Webster

This post was originally published in December 2016. To read other posts in the Advent 2017 series, please click here.

 

His Resurrection: Historical and Personal

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Two weeks have passed since I joined with millions around the world to celebrate Easter. I realized, sometime ago, that I have not celebrated the Resurrection of Christ Jesus in as similar a manner as I celebrate His birth. But the truth is, it is the Resurrection of Christ Jesus that gives Christmas its true meaning. Isaiah 9:6 declares,

For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Christ Jesus, the Child who was born and the Son who was given, came to redeem us and our redemption required His brutal death and His glorious Resurrection. We are told in 1 Corinthians 15:14-20 (AMP) that, without His Resurrection,  our faith is “vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit—not based on truth]” and “worthless and powerless [mere delusion ].” Furthermore, “ If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.  But now [as things really are] Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, [and He became] the first fruits [that is, the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible, immortal body, foreshadowing the resurrection] of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. “

I desire that the truth of Christ’s Resurrection permeate my daily living. That I meet every challenge and celebrate every victory with this truth, “But now [as things really are] Christ has in fact been raised from the dead …” Upon reflecting on what the Resurrection of Christ Jesus means to me personally, four things come to mind:

1.     I am redeemed completely and am a dearly beloved child of God.

2.     I am forgiven and His Blood cleanses me from all sin.

3.     I do not have to fear death.

4.     I have a High Priest.

I find myself dwelling on the fact that I have a High Priest and on all the benefits of this truth, as highlighted in Hebrews 4:14-16 (AMP):

14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus, a historical fact with personal meaning. What does His Resurrection mean to you? Please share your thoughts in the Comments. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Week 4 Advent 2016 – The Love of Advent

love

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17, AMP)

The full lyrics of this hymn can be found here.

Prayer

Elohim. Eternal God. Everlasting Father. Thank You. Thank You for Your love. Thank You.

 

 

 

 

Advent Week 2: The Peace of Advent

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Peace:*

  1. a state of tranquillity or quiet: as, a) freedom from civil disturbance; b) a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
  2. freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  3. harmony in personal relations
  4. a) a state or period of mutual concord between governments; b)  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

These definitions of peace highlight that peace falls into two broad categories: intrapersonal peace (inner peace); and interpersonal peace (between individuals and broader communities locally, state wide, nationally, and between nations).

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word made flesh is the Prince of Peace. All forms of peace.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

I know I have been guilty of limiting His domain as the Prince of Peace to intrapersonal peace and peace between individuals. Perhaps you are guilty of this misperception also. But He is the Prince of all peace. All peace.

This second week of Advent, I will focus on peace primarily through sharing Scripture verses about peace. Through His written Word, we have the assurance that the Prince of Peace wants us to have His peace in all circumstances and makes it possible for us to do so.

Prayer

Father, there is so much pain, devastation, hopelessness, and despair in our world. And even during this Advent season, there can be much of the same within us. But it is Your desire that we know Your peace in all situations and all seasons of life. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior, give us the desire and the ability to turn from the hustle and distractions around us and focus on You, so that we may experience Your peace.  In Jesus Name.

*Merriam-Webster

 

 

 

Monday Vitamins: Shalom

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Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. This week, may you experience the shalom of  Yeshua, Sar shalom, Prince of Peace, (Isaiah 9:6) in an unprecedented way.