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Christmas At Home

Join our living room conversation on advent. Luke, Gabrielle, Danielle & Brandon are going to be discussing together 4 things that the coming of Jesus means for us as human beings. What does Christmas mean for humanity? It’s so easy these days for the Christmas season to fly by isn’t it? I’m sure many of you might have felt like “wait, it’s December?”. But in the flurry of shopping, traveling to see family, work, and Christmas parties sometimes we don’t adequately pause to really reflect on the truth that we celebrate that God came to earth in Jesus; to live amongst us, to love us, and to ultimately give his life as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can be saved, healed, redeemed, restored. So that’s what we want to do today; pause, reflect, and thank God for some of the things to Jesus brought to us. Are you ready?

Christmas At Home

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.”

Hope


The hebrew people were hoping and waiting for the coming of the Messiah. They were hoping for this chosen one of God who would come to free them from their oppression, to right the wrongs, to establish a righteous kingdom. This hope remained even in their darkest times as a people.

Human beings NEED hope. We need something to look forward to. Our hope is based on a PERSON not circumstance.

“The people walking in darkness

    have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

    a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)


Peace


The Hebrew people were hoping and waiting for the coming of the Messiah. They were hoping for this chosen one of God who would come to free them from their oppression, to right the wrongs, to establish a righteous kingdom. This hope remained even in their darkest times as a people.

Human beings NEED hope. We need something to look forward to. Shalom is not only the absence of conflict. Shalom is wholeness, soundness, completeness, welfare

“The Hebrew word shalom (peace) can be defined as a life put together, a life characterized by a sense of wholeness and well-being. “ - Tony Evans 

“Shalom” is taken from the root word shalam, which means, “to be safe in mind, body, or estate.” It speaks of completeness, fullness, or a type of wholeness that encourages you to give back — to generously re-pay something in some way.

True biblical shalom refers to an inward sense of completeness or wholeness.

Although it can describe the absence of war, a majority of biblical references refer to an inner completeness and tranquility. He is the prince of peace - that means when God is our source, our God - the one we trust in and follow, obey, and look to our lives will be characterized by Shalom. When He governs our lives the result is shalom (peace, wholeness, completeness, well being) in us and through us.


Joy


Jesus’s birth was announced as “good news” that will bring “great joy”. Why does the coming of Christ produce great joy? God has come to REDEEM humankind. To buy us back and bring us into His kingdom. Early christian communities were known for being full of joy even though they faced many hardships.

Joy is not determined by struggles but by future destiny.


Love


John 3:16 - For God so LOVED the world

God’s motivation for coming was LOVE. He didn’t just talk about love, He also DEMONSTRATED agape love.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 John 3:16)


January 21, 2021
by 
Luke Pew

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