November 27, 2022 - First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2022 - First Sunday of Advent

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:6–11

The Christmas story is our annual reminder every year that God himself has chosen to come and dwell among us (John 1). When we look at a nativity scene, the baby at the center of the scene is no ordinary baby. This baby is God wrapped in human flesh. This baby is the King and Creator of the universe who chose to humble himself when the Creator took on the form of Creation.

Think about for a moment the vast and majestic glory of Heaven. Angels at your beck and call. No pain. No sickness. No bills. No toil nor trials. In Heaven there is only perfection and there is only peace. Christ did not have to leave that perfect environment. He did not have to condescend himself to our level. He could have left us in our misery and in our sin.

Yet, because of His great love for us He not only chose to come and live among us, He also chose to die for us. And through death, Christ defeated death and is now seated in the place of highest honor.

Christmas reminds us who God is, what God is like, and what God has done for us. He did not abandon or leave us in our suffering. He came and made a way for us to spend our eternity with Him.
THIS WEEK'S ADVENT PRAYER: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which you Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; so that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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