“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9: 6-7
Long, long ago prophets spoke of the coming of a Saviour who would be born a king in the line of David. The prophet Isaiah called him the “Prince of Peace”. The prophets told us how he would rule the world wisely and bless all nations. So all through the Old Testament the people of God looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. It was their HOPE.
As we come into the period of Advent and draw near to Christmas I would suggest three things that can give us all HOPE:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given”
The baby born in a stable and placed in a manger is the promised Messiah. The only Son of God who had been promised all through the prophesies of the Old Testament. Not born in a palace as some would have expected but born to a young girl who was only betrothed.
“I am with you always, even to the end if the age”
As year succeeds to year Christ continues to come to us through the power of His Spirit. When Jesus returned to his Father after the resurrection, he sent his spirit to be with us. We can know that presence as we believe and trust in Jesus and seek Him through prayer.
Christ Will Come Again
“This same Jesus will come in the same manner as you have seen Him go”
Jesus is coming again to reign in glory. Not as a baby in a manger but as a King. When Jesus comes again every eye will see Him. We do not know the time but we are to be alert, ready and waiting for His coming.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”
Advent God we worship you, the God who comes.
You are not remote from the world you have made,
But each day you come to us
Blessing us with your presence.
You came in creation itself,
As your spirit moved over the waters of chaos
You came in Jesus Christ,
Made flesh in our world of weakness and need.
You came in power to raise Jesus from death,
A mighty promise for all creation.
Each day you come, by your spirit,
Gently and powerfully working in the lives of men and women.
At the end of time you will come,
In power and righteousness, in mercy and redeeming love.
Grant us the grace to welcome your corning,
Inflame our love to yearn for your presence.
Enlarge our vision to recognise your coming day by day.
We greet you, Advent God.
By Ann Palmer