Saturday: December 21       

Isaiah 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

from Phil Auten, Minister of Visitation, Christian Church in WV

            Isaiah brought his message to a people who had been in darkness and were just coming into the light. He told them of the coming Messiah. We remember Israel’s hope for the coming of God’s Messiah to save, to forgive, and to restore.

Now all these years later we are in a world in darkness. We remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins. We remember our hope for the second coming of Jesus.

During Advent we prepare to welcome Christ at Christmas into our world, and into our hearts.

Come, Jesus, come!  We welcome you with joy into our hearts.

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