A Pile Of Hope

In the midst of cultural upheaval, presidential nonsensical political bickering, and the draconian Islamic State, we have hope. A Light that shines in the darkness, the coming of King who will never be removed from His throne. The forgiveness of sins for those overturning society, for lying political candidates and cronies, and yes, even for Muslims, has entered the world and His Name is Jesus. Hope, that by God’s grace, the people of all nations, and nations themselves, will turn from their wicked ways in repentance and walk in the Light. Either the Light will heal you, or consume you (Malachi 4). The birth of Christ marks the hope of justification and judgment.

So, here is a pile of hope for those celebrating the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. May grace, mercy, and peace fill your hearts and minds now and always with the joy that comes from having peace with God.

Advent thought #1: God’s greatest militaristic move against His enemies is childbearing.

Advent thought #2: The most important historical event in history is a person, a baby in fact.

Advent thought #3: The Incarnation is proof that life begins at conception.

Advent thought #4: The Incarnation reveals the truth that Christ’s Kingdom is part of physical history.

Advent thought #5: The Incarnation shows us that citizens of the Kingdom must be a new kind of human, the kind born from above.

Advent thought #6: The Incarnation of the Eternal Word, as a human, sets the standard for all humanity. The bar has been raised.

Advent thought #7: God’s checkmate against all enemies: a squealing infant in a feeding bin circled by gnarled shepherds and scared parents.

Advent thought #8: The Light of the world has come, so go buy some more Christmas lights!

Advent thought #9: The full reality and glory of the spirit realm is wrapped in flesh, Hebrews 1:2-3.

Advent thought #10: No matter what the humbugging secularists say, it is the year of our Lord 2015, and lest we forget, next year is His too.

Advent thought #11:The whole world suppresses the truth of the invisible God (Rom 1:18), so He came visibly to render the sinner righteous.

Advent thought #12: The Incarnation is the divine antidote to a diseased world. John 1:4-5.

Advent thought #13: The Way, the Truth, and the Life was born to blot out death.

Advent thought #14: The Incarnation–the historic proclamation that the church is to prepare for victory–Christ went behind enemy lines and won.

Advent thought #15: The Incarnation shows us that creation is still good, and God is not throwing it away, but restoring it. Take that, Plato!

Advent thought #16: The Incarnation reveals that God’s plan for redemption includes human life, culture, and creation.

Advent thought #17: Saying “Merry Christmas” is political insurrection. So, Merry Christmas y’all.

Advent thought #18: God is not ashamed to dwell in the midst of His people.

Advent thought #19: Incarnation truth–God so loved He gave. Grace is a gift, gifts are grace. God went over the top in giving, how about you?

Advent thought #20: The reconciliation of all things in heaven and on earth is contingent upon the birth of a single Child.

Isaiah 9 promises that Christ’s establishment of God’s Kingdom will happen in history, throughout time, not simply at the end of history. All that Isaiah 9 promises begins at the birth of Christ, not the second coming of Christ. This means that despite what our world looks like through your favorite news feed, Christ is on His throne ruling and reigning with all authority in heaven and on earth. Which, by direct implication, means that our current situation, even though we can stare at it from any angle and see that this is not the way it is supposed to be, is exactly how it is supposed to be.

“The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 9:2-7

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