A Celtic Advent: Looking at God’s Expectations about Jesus Birth
Devotional Thought of the Day…
6 I chose you to bring justice, and I am here at your side. I selected and sent you to bring light and my promise of hope to the nations. 7 You will give sight to the blind; you will set prisoners free from dark dungeons. Isaiah 42:6-7 (CEV)
Tommorow night at Concordia Lutheran Church, we take up again our tradition of mid-week worship services and a meal of fellowship. All are invited as they are every Wednesday Night until Christmas!
We’ve taken a different approach this year, rather than our usual look at how Israel was looking forward to the Messiah. For that is what Advent is, taking lessings from Israel’s preparation (and lack of preparation) for the arrival of the promised Deliverer, the One chosen by God our Father to free us from the things of life which crush and smother us. The hope is, learning those lessons, our celebration of Christmas, our understanding of how God the Father kept His promises, will help us prepare for the joyous Day when Christ returns, to bring us into the Father’s presence.
Like I said, this year we are going to look at it a little differently, as we take a Celtic approach to it, and look at the Birth of Christ from God’s view, from what He expected, from what He planned.
To see His joy, as He patiently waited for the right time, as the Father sent messengers to give us inklings of what to expect, as the Son looked through the manger and the muck and crud He would be born to, to the Cross where everything would be cleansed. As the Holy Spirit would come and breathe life into a spiritually dead people, and bring them to life and make them aware that they walk with God, that they are His people.
In the process, we will see why the angels sang at the birth of this baby, why the lowest of the low went and were the first of the New Testament evangelists, sharing the incredible news that God is with us. We begin to understand why the wisest of the wise would journey, to lay gifts at His feet. We begin to understand why we sing Joy to the World, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing…
For God so loved the world….
Come join us!
6:30 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13633 183rd Street, Cerritos, Ca
Posted on December 3, 2013, in Devotions and tagged Advent, Christ, Christmas, Concordia Lutheran Church, Free Dinner, Holy Spirit, Messiah, Nativity of Jesus. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
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