“You can search the religious traditions of humankind - indeed I would go further and invite you to search all the great literature of humankind - and you will not come across anyone like Jesus, who makes the most arrogant claims concerning himself and lives in the most humble and selfless manner conceivable. Jesus blows our imagination. No other world religion leader - Guatama, Muhammed, Ghandi - made the kinds of claims about themselves that Jesus did. At the same time, no one throughout history who made similar claims - Caesar, Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin - possessed an ounce of humility.” ? Vinoth Ramachandra, The Scandal of Jesus
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 PETER 1:8-13
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7
What is one hope you have for yourself, your family or your community as you begin the Advent season? How will you make that a reality?
Pray for yourself and those around you, asking God to open your eyes and heart to what He has for you this Advent season.
O come, O come Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
O come, O King of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease and be yourself our King of Peace.
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