Yes big words I know... the latter we usually only hear once a year and the former, well...we don’t really hear used that often. I’ll have to work that into my next sermon.
Let me simplify this title: The Superior Arrival of a notable Person.
Now of course because this is being written with less than a week of separation from Christmas day we think of the story of baby Jesus.
Jesus. God in human flesh. What a statement.
Philippians 2.6-7 gives us a deeper understanding:
“Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.”
“He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.”
He denied His own position...not one for which He had worked, the position He has always had and forevermore will always have. We cling to things that are worthless and try to justify it as something that we “MUST HAVE” or “HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO”.
Christ denied His divine privileges and became human. To say this is a downgrade is a gross understatement that can hardly be uttered.
The Superior Arrival of the most notable Person that ever walked this earth began in a filthy barn, and ended in blood soaked, ripped open flesh, left hanging on a cross.
The Advantageous Advent looked nothing like we would expect, and ended looking less like victory than anyone could have anticipated.
But don’t lose heart! The Advent is worthy of it’s announcement: “Tidings of comfort and joy!” How, you may ask?
Jesus Lives. Death could not hold Him. Sin was crushed by Him. When Jesus rose from the dead the redeeming sacrifice had been made and accepted. He ascended back to heaven, His rightful place, yet not to remain there forever. This means that we have something to be encouraged by this Christmas that is far better than a new pair of slippers or hot honey ham that grandma makes. And this is our hope:
The Advantageous Advent is going to happen again.
But not like last time. Here’s what Jesus will look like this time, Revelation 19.11-16:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. “On his robe at his thigh was written this title:King of all kings and Lord of all lords”.
This is our Jesus. This will be the next Advantageous Advent.
Let us celebrate this Christmas the gift of God given for our salvation.
And let us watch with anticipation for the return of our King!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
- Pastor Mike