Advent - Tell

Advent - Tell
Go Tell It On The Mountains!

Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains.
 Let them give glory to the LORD and declare His praise in the coastlands. Isaiah 42:11-12

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! Above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed the Savior’s birth.

Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.

Answering the great questions of life

  • Origin – Where did I come from?

  • Meaning – Why am I here?

  • Morality – How do understand what is right or wrong?

  • Destiny – What happens to me when I die?

Living Ready

  • Ready to see Jesus!

  • Ready to face the world, to occupy until He comes.

  • Ready to respond to life “in season and out of season.”

  • Ready to make a defense for my faith.

  • Ready to give an answer for the hope dwelling within me.

  • Ready to face the world as Jesus’ ambassador.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Christianity has changed our world for the good!

  • God is Creator

  • God is love

  • God is with us

  • God’s wisdom is life

  • Humanity is God’s design

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

Advent - Know

Advent - Know

Mary, did you know?
Isaiah 9:6-7

The Light Has Come
Advent Candles

  • 1st Prophecy – Hope

  • 2nd Bethlehem – Faith

  • 3rd Shepherd – Joy

  • 4th Angel – Love

  • 5th The Christ – Anointed

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

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Luke 2:10-14

And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Luke 2:21-32

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you've delivered will soon deliver you.
Mary, did you know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby you kiss the face of God.
Mary did you know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the Great I Am

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7

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.”