As we begin the Advent season at Redeemer, Adam Barnett shares on the importance of taking a pause. We need to remember that God didn't send Jesus into a peaceful season, but to be the Peace in a time of despair and depravity. To fully enjoy Christmas, we keep our intense focus on the person of Jesus.
For To Us A Child Is Born
Advent at Redeemer | Week 1
December 1, 2019 | Adam Barnett
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle-belling & everyone telling you ‘be of good cheer.’ There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.
~ Andy Williams, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Isaiah 9:1-5 NIV
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Everything necessary to wholesome living: good health, a sense of well-being and harmony, good fortune, the cohesiveness of the community, relationship with relatives and their state of being, and anything else deemed necessary for everything to be in order.