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Advent Reading: Isaiah 9.2-6

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Each week of Advent we will have a new focus.  This week’s focus is “God our MESSIAH”.
Reading: Isaiah 9.2-6

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. 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.

Our world can feel dark. For many of us, our own lives have brought about seasons of darkness; through loss, betrayal, and tragedy. These seasons often bring a despair that speaks hopelessness into our minds. Yet, we do not live as people without hope. The prophet Isaiah says that the people walking in darkness have seen a great light. That light is Jesus, and the hope we find in Him.

Life can often find us waiting, looking for answers during uncertain times.  Through the scriptures we see Abraham holding on to a promise that God would finish what he began. We see David who believed that God would provide the ultimate breakthrough for humanity that was prophesied. Like all the prophets, he looked forward and waited, for the One who possessed hope and a message of Good News. 

The scriptures profess Jesus as the Light of World. His light of hope is the light that continues to dawn on those living in deep darkness. His grace shines brighter and speaks louder than the voices of despair and the circumstances of brokenness that work to keep us in darkness. And, not only does He bring light to us in our dark places, but He invites us to join Him in bringing that very light to others in their places of darkness.

Jesus is our Messiah. The Christmas Story is ultimately fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. This Christmas may we be overwhelmed with the Grace of God, that meets us right where we are.

Memory Verse: And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." Luke 1.46-47