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Hope of the Nations – Lord

Advent Lord

This week we continue the season of Advent, which is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “Hope of the Nations,” and we are thinking on the world-wide hope found in Jesus Christ.  We’re meditating on the ideas of light, life, liberty, love, and Lord.

We focus this week on “Lord.”  We read in Philippians 2:8-11:

8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Reflection

This week we light the CANDLE OF LORD.  Jesus Christ came on a mission.  Phase one of that mission, which we celebrate here at Christmas, was to take on flesh.  As our text says, He appeared as a man, and indeed was a man.  Phase 2 was to be completely obedient to the Father.  Jesus Christ never sinned and literally earned heaven.  Phase 3 was to die for the sins of mankind, which He did excruciatingly on a cross.  Phase 4 was to be resurrected from the dead to live forevermore.  Mission accomplished!

And what did Jesus get in return for His work?  He got a great reward from His Father.  He was exalted to Lord of the universe.  He and His name would be the only pathway to the Father and would be full of glory.

Even now, He is Lord, but many refuse to acknowledge His lordship.  Friend, the truth is that one day, every single person who will ever live will bow their knee to Jesus in surrender to His Lordship.  Many do so joyfully in this life and will experience the glories of Heaven, but those who continue in rebellion against God until the day they die will bow their knee with great sorrow because when they stand before God in judgment, Jesus’ lordship will be vibrantly clear to them, but it will be everlastingly too late.  They will have missed their only opportunity, this one life, to surrender to Jesus.  Only Hell awaits them.

Friends, we pray that no person will face that heartbreak.  Believe on Jesus as your Savior and Lord today.  He came for you.  Now, will you come to Him?  If you will, it will be the merriest Christmas ever!!

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

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