#1 ADVENT 2015 The Need2Genesis 6:5-8 is one of the most revealing parts in all Scripture when it comes to the sinfulness of mankind. Sadly things have not changed much since Noah’s day. With the mass spread of the evils of pornography and sex trafficking, war related deaths, abortion, and terrorism, the words “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” seem to still ring true. We, collectively as the human race, have exchanged the love of God for the love of sin and self. Therefore what the world deeply needs is Christmas, because it announces the King has come to put things right. Christmas announces Jesus has descended in order to establish a Kingdom of justice and to free us from our deathly love of sin and self. 

But that’s not all He’s come to do. Because of our sin, we deserve to have God’s justice come down swiftly on our heads—”So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land…'” (Genesis 6:7). Not only does the world at large need Christmas; you and I need Christmas because we need to be freed from the death sentence that hangs over us. Jesus has come to be “blotted out” in our place, so we can be saved. The good news is that Just like Noah received grace, we can too. Just like Noah took refuge in the ark, we too can take refuge in Jesus who lived, died, and arose to free us from the penalty and the power of sin in our lives. Is your faith in Him and what He’s done for you? “He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). 


#2 ADVENT 2015 The PromiseIsaiah 59 focuses on the promise of a Redeemer. This passage exposes our sin and leaves us hopeless on our own, but then points us to the source of hope, Jesus Christ. The promise of God in Jesus disrupts the endless cycle of cause and effect of sin and darkness. 


#3 ADVENT 2015 The AnnouncementLuke 2 focuses on the announcement of the birth of Christ. This announcement is a joyful hymn of celebration but also a definition of our biggest need and Christ’s mission on earth. When God shines light into our darkness we are afraid, just like the shepherds. But there’s good news: Jesus came to remove that fear and give us peace with God, ourselves, and one another by grace. Glory to God in the highest! 


#4 ADVENT 2015 The PlanIsaiah 53 focuses on the ultimate plan of Christmas: the crucifixion of Jesus. This passage prophesies the Cross and reveals the love that God has for his children by the crushing of his Son. It pleased God the Father to crush and put Jesus to grief for our sins. God’s love is revealed as he wanted so desperately to redeem sinners and glorify himself that it pleased him to put his Son to death. Jesus’ love is also revealed because he himself was pleased to be crushed. Let each of us take pleasure—both now and forever—in the one who was pleased to save us, even at great cost to himself.