JOY IN WAITING!

22 12 2014

Fourth Advent SundayShalom and Blessed greetings I bring to all of you my beloved ones in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ our perfect Savior, Redeemer and Deliverer. May the spirit of Love, Hope,Peace and Joy rest upon you and your kin. May the blessing of God be upon all of you and your household too. Do take time to read my beloved ones why JESUS is the REASON for this CHRISTMAS celebration! Stay blessed and God Bless. Blessed greetings I bring to you again my beloved ones ! The Fourth Advent Candle in this advent season represents the JOY of waiting for the 2nd coming of the Messiah,Our Lord Jesus Christ! As it is written in the book of the Prophet Isaiah 11:10, “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples;the nations will rally to him,and his place of rest will be glorious.” In the town of Bethlehem,a Savior was born to this world and His name is Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ came into this world so that we could celebrate His birth. His birth was for all mankind regardless of who we are.His mission into this world was to set us free from our sins and to make us a free people and to be reconciled to God.Jesus waited for 30 years to fulfill his mission for all mankind. And that mission was completed when Jesus was crucified on that old rugged cross in Calvary 2000 years ago by taking our sins and the sins of this world upon his back to set all mankind free from their sins and from the clutches of the evil one. Jesus came as a Light into this world to give light to those walking in darkness.JESUS IS THE REASON for CHRISTMAS that we are celebrating today. It is all about the LOVE of GOD for all mankind regardless of who we are.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, also waited in Joy,in patience and in anticipation when she brought the Messiah into this world. She waited for 9 month to fulfill the prophecy in the old testament regarding the Messiah that was to be born from a virgin as it was written in the book of the prophet Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.” Imagine a virgin who was to be married, is conceived with a baby in her womb. Something that is hard to digest for any women! But Mary took the call upon her life when the angel Gabriel brought the message to her as it was written in the gospel of St Luke 1:26-38, “6 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

If Mary was not patient and did not answer to that call, we would not have Christmas to celebrate. CHRISTMAS is all about JESUS! JESUS IS THE REASON why we are celebrating CHRISTMAS today. CHRISTMAS is all about the good news of God’s LOVE and SALVATION that is given free to all mankind. Today my beloved ones. as the Fourth candle represents JOY, let us too wait in Joy and in anticipation for the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. While waiting for our Lord Jesus second coming, let us prepare ourselves to receive Him. May we be rooted in the written word of God, do all the good that we can, reach out to those who are in need. Be true vessels for God for that is what we are all called for. Let us bring that Light of Hope,Peace, Love and Joy into the Hearts of all mankind. Let us not forget why we are put on this earth. Be a blessing to one another in the smallest way that we can my beloved ones. The Kingdom of God is right within us. Where two or three are gathered in God’s Holy Name, His presence is there with us. Let us not forget that CHRISTMAS is all about JESUS!

Dear Abba God, Be It Unto thy servant according to your word and promises. Have a blessed day my beloved ones and God Bless.

 

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