ADVENT Week 3 – The Incarnation

The third week of Advent is a time to reflect upon the Incarnation, God
becoming flesh. This was done, as was intended from before Creation,
for the benefit of all peoples. Beginning with Abraham’s call from Ur
of the Chaldees and God’s promise to bless all the families of the
earth in his Descendant, His eternal plan was being worked out in
history.

The Apostle after explaining the Gospel in his most thorough epistle, Romans, points his readers back to the patriarchs and God promises as the foundation of it.


Romans
15:8
Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the
circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to
the fathers,

Jesus is not just an idea or someone with whom we are to relate. He is a real and an historical Figure who accomplished a real redemption within time and space. God raised up a nation from the loins of a real man, Abraham and through them He brought the Christ into the world. It seems that the existence of the state of Israel should be enough to convince most people that God exists. A people deprived of their homeland for nearly 2,000 years and yet still existing as an ethnic group is unheard of anywhere else in human history. God still has something to do with them and has not allowed them to perish. It was through this seemingly small and insignificant nation the God did the most profound work ever done. Through them He has brought those who would trust in him from the rest of the world into the covenant that was begun with their forefather Abraham. And so following verse 8 of Romans we read;

Romans 15:9 and
that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“FOR THIS REASON I WILL CONFESS TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND
SING TO YOUR NAME.” 10 And again he says: “REJOICE, O
GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE!” 11 And again: “PRAISE THE
LORD, ALL YOU GENTILES! LAUD HIM, ALL YOU PEOPLES!” 12 And
again, Isaiah says: “THERE SHALL BE A ROOT OF JESSE; AND HE WHO
SHALL RISE TO REIGN OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM THE GENTILES SHALL
HOPE.” 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the
Holy Spirit.

We were a part of the plan from the beginning. Those who have believed that this man from a small town in the Judean wilderness was the fulfillment of the promise made to an idol worshiping heathen who was called by God and separated to Him in order that God would bless the whole world are called to rejoice in His mercy. This is the meaning of the Holiday that we are celebrating. This is the celebration of the Advent or “coming” of Christ into the world.  It is far more than Jewish history or white Anglo-Saxon religion. It is nothing less than The Creator of the universe interacting with His creation in order to redeem man from every nation, tribe and tongue and making them a part of His Covenant Cummunity.

Audio of this message is available on the following websites;

1in1000.org on the Sermons Page
Rejoice O Gentiles – Romans 15:8-13

SermonCloud.com
Rejoice O Gentiles – Romans 15:8-13

In Christ!
Kevin

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