The culmination of Advent has come! Christ the Messiah is born and we rejoice at the fulfillment of God’s promises of old! Rejoice! Praise Him! Worship the King who alone takes away the sins of the world and offers forgiveness through faith in Him!
The Lord Has Come
Generous God, You have prepared us to receive Your gift of love and joy, of hope and healing. For unto us a Child is born, for unto us a Son is given.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Gracious God, You have given new life with the presence of Immanuel, God with us. Your Son has come into the world, and He will come again in glory.
“Fear not: for behold, I bring good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” – John 1:1-18
You came to us and became like us, to redeem us. Oh Lord, make our joy complete, so that Your work will be complete in us, and on the earth. David’s psalm is our cry: “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes” (Psalm 96). O come, let us adore Him! Amen.