Advent – A Season of Labor & Pain
Advent reminds us the coming of the Lord – the birth of Jesus, birth of Christ within us at salvation and the second coming of Jesus. The coming of the Lord reminds us the labor and pain associated with His birth into the world.
- That pain was upon the children of Israel in Egypt until a deliverer came
- It was upon Mary and Joseph as they were struggling to lodge and deliver the baby
- The pain was upon Mary and Joseph as they had to escape Herod soon after delivery
- The pain was upon the inhabitants of Bethlehem and the surrounding places as their sons below the age of 2 were killed
- The pain has been experienced by millions in the form of persecution as they choose to have Christ born in their lives
- That pain is upon the world today as the world is getting ready for His coming
- Even during His second coming, the pain and the terror are going to be experienced by those who reject Jesus
Advent is a time to remember the labor and pain associated with His coming. Advent is also
- Advent – A season of Expectant Joy
- Advent – A season of Hope for tomorrow We will talk about these in the next two weeks
Advent – A season of Expectant Joy
Advent reminds us the coming of the Lord – the birth of Jesus, birth of Christ within us during salvation and the second coming of Jesus. Advent is the season of expectant joy and let the source of joy be Christ alone. This joy comes to you by knowing your relationship with Jesus. Today, you may be missing some of your dear ones who may not be with you right now.
During Advent, your expectant joy is obtained by knowing that Christ is
- more than a brother for you.
- more than a friend for you
- more than your mother for you.
- more than your father for you.
- more than your husband for you
- the high priest in heaven.
Call Jesus – dear brother, dear friends, dear mother, dear father, dear husband and dear high priest. You will be filled with the everlasting joy.
Advent – A Season of Hope for Tomorrow
Advent is a season of hope for tomorrow. We have our hope on Lord Jesus Christ because,
1. He is Sovereign – Advent reminds us that Jesus is Sovereign, He works beyond our limitations, there is nothing that could stop Him and nothing that could ever surprise Him
2. He is a Hope Giver – When hopelessness and despair abounds around us, Advent reminds us to look at the one who gives us hope for tomorrow
3. He is the God of Tomorrow – If we really observe Advent, we will lose sight from our today’s limitations and put our hope on the God of tomorrow.