Advent - O Come!

Advent - O Come!

A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:25-32

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel

Immanuel Has Come

  • Romans 8:23 — We still “groan within ourselves”

  • 1 Corinthians 1:7— We still “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ”

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:10 — We still wait for final deliverance “from the wrath to come”

  • Galatians 5:5 — We still “wait for the hope of righteousness”

Already and Not Yet!

  • Ephesians 1:7-8; 4:30

  • 2 Corinthians 6:2-10

  • “The Christian life oscillates between these two poles: the overflowing joy of the “already” redeemed and the tearful yearning of the “not-yet” redeemed. Not that we ever leave the one or the other in this life. We are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” – John Piper –

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, 
and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

The Messianic Titles <Latin>

  • O Sapentia (Wisdom)

  • O Adonai (God)

  • O Radix Jesse (Stem or root of Jesse)

  • O Clavis David (Key of David)

  • O Oriens (Dayspring)

  • O Rex genitium (King of the Gentiles)

  • O Emmanuel (God with us)

  • This Latin acronym S.A.R.C.O.R.E.

    • Read in reverse is ERO CRAS = “I will be with you tomorrow”

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, O Branch of Jesse's stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave.

O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode.

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.

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.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5

Advent Candles - The Light has come

1st Prophecy – Hope

2nd Bethlehem – Faith

3rd Shepherd – Joy

4th Angel – Love

5th The Christ – Anointed

Advent - Hark!

Advent - Hark!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Luke 2:14

Joy To The World

Psalm 98

  • Last Sunday we considered this Christmas carol as Isaac Watts “imitation” of the last half of Psalm 98

  • This Psalm is a call to Praise the Lord for His Righteousness

  • G.K. Chesterton - “The serious business of heaven is joy”

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

  • Originally titled “Hymn for Christmas Day”

  • Written in 10 short stanzas

  • By Charles Wesley in 1739

Hark! the herald angels sing,

Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.



Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th' angelic host proclaim,

Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”
Christ, by highest heaven adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th'incarnate Deity:

Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”
Hail! the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:

Born to raise the son of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”

Come, Desire of Nations, come
Fix in Us thy humble Home
Rise, the Woman’s Conqu’ring Seed
Bruise in Us the Serpent’s Head

Now display thy saving Pow’r
Ruin’d Nature now restore
Now in Mystic Union join
Thine to Ours, and Ours to Thine

Adam’s Likeness, LORD, efface
Stamp thy Image in its Place
Second Adam from above
Reinstate us in thy Love

Let us Thee, tho’ lost, regain
Thee, the Life, the Inner Man
Oh! to All Thyself impart
Form’d in each Believing Heart

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5

Advent - Joy

Advent - Joy
Season of Advent

Joy To The World

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Psalm 98

  • This Christmas carol is Isaac Watts “imitation” of the last half of Psalm 98

  • This Psalm is a call to Praise the Lord for His Righteousness

  • The music is from George Fredrick Handel

Joy To The World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy To The World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods,
rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Mary’s Joy

And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38

  • Mary’s Joy = “may it be done to me according to your word.”

  • This is called a “fiat” from <Latin> = “let it be done”

  • A fiat is an arbitrary/uncertain or authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree. (i.e. A royal fiat or a presidential fiat)

  • It is an authorization, permission or (official) sanction. (i.e. A government fiat or to rule by fiat.)

Luke 1:35

  • “The angel’s fiat – “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

  • Blaise Pascal “Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or death, of God or ourselves.”

Grateful For The Fleas

Grateful For The Fleas

I love the LORD, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise,
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice for He has made me glad. Psalm 100

To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and call upon the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:17

Rejoice always; 
pray without ceasing; 
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Rekindle a heart of gratitude

  • For God remedy for our failures – Genesis 3:15

  • For God’s light—His truth in our lives

  • For God’s grace in the storms of life

  • For Jesus’ church

  • For the people who make a difference

Count your blessings!

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
 Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
 Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears; 
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean; 
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
 Count on God instead of yourself.

Living Ready - Part 4

Living Ready - Part 4

No Victory without a Battle
No Testimony without a test!

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-25

Real Life

Acts 14:19-23

  • “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

  • Real life includes:

    • Trials & Tests

    • Difficulties & Tribulations

    • Irritations & Frustrations

Mysteries & Monsters

Romans 8:28

  • “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

  • “The man who has not suffered, what does he know anyway?” --- Rabbi Abraham Heschel

  • “Never trust a Christian leader who does not walk with a limp.” --- A.W. Tozer

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence 1 Peter 3:15