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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #13

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #13 – the Messiah will be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6,7 and Luke 1:32,33). By far the most popular promise of Advent, the prophet Isaiah declares the gifts the Messiah will accompany upon his long-awaited arrival. He is Wonderful and awe-inspiring. He is the Great Counselor of the human heart. He is mighty in every regard. He is the God of all gods; everlasting and faithfully a Father to all in his family. He is the prince of peace and brings reconciliation to all who walk lovingly and graciously by his side. What are the names of the Messiah which mean the most to you today? Worship and adore him with all your heart!

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!

 



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #12

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #12 – the Messiah will be a great light (Isaiah 9:1,2 and Luke 1: 76-79; Matt. 4: 13-16). The Light of the World has come in the life of Jesus. For those living in deep darkness, a bright light has dawned and the pathways that once were dimmed are now illumined. Jesus’ foreteller John would prepare the way with a prophetic light of anticipation…Jesus would come as the Great Light. And both men’s words of repentance would ready the hearer for the Kingdom of heaven, now all the nearer with the incarnation of the Messiah Jesus. Will you honestly repent, confess the corners of your heart that are in darkness, and follow the light of Jesus with renewed fervency? Let his light shine in and through you today!

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!

 



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #11

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #11 – the Messiah will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1: 22-23; Luke 1:31-35). Why would it be so important that the Messiah be conceived miraculously and birthed from a virgin’s womb? This was the only way God could protect the unique status of the Messiah Jesus, for unless he was conceived supernaturally, born of a virgin, and delivered naturally into this world, he would be considered the son of a human father. What do you make of the Spirit’s implantation of human life into the womb of a young, innocent woman? The mystery and mastery of this single act is what brings many into a worshipful and trusting relationship with the Almighty. What is your prayerful response today?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!

 



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #10

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #10 – the Messiah will be the rejected cornerstone (Psalm 118: 22-24 and Matthew 21:42; Luke 20: 17,18) and ultimately acclaimed (Psalm 118: 25-29 and Matthew 21:9). Imagine as a builder taking one of the most rejected stones on the pile to become the cornerstone of the building under construction. In essence that’s what God did in sending Jesus as the Messiah, knowing full well that he would be followed, then flogged …worshipped, then crucified…rejected, then acclaimed…all for love’s sake. Is the Jesus we await once more this Advent, the One you want to know more intimately and follow more closely as your loving, grace-filled Messiah?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #9

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #9 – the Messiah will be called God’s Son (Psalms 2: 1-12 and Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22). “You are my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” These are the words that were amplified from heaven, God the Father to God the Son. And they are words we all long to hear ourselves. Do you know with certainty today that you are God’s child? Do you know with certainty today that you are dearly loved by God? Do you know with certainty today that God is pleased with you, despite your sinfulness and the occasions where your rebellious heart emerges? The gospel of Jesus is summarized in these words spoken over him by the Father…will you open-heartedly receive the unconditional love of Jesus today?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!

 



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #8

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #8 – the Messiah will be a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7: 12-16 and Mathew 1:1; Luke 1:32,33) and greater than David (Psalm 110:1-4 and Matt. 22: 42-45). If only we all could pick our ancestry! The long-awaited Messiah Jesus was a descendant of King David, once a shepherd boy, pulled from his family to lead the people of God, a musician, psalmist, dancer, and oh yes, a sinner, adulterer, and liar too. Lest we get too carried away with how great was this man after God’s heart, his line would ultimately reach to Jesus, One far superior to David, the perfect Messiah who would live among us to lead us redemptively into life eternal. Will you follow Jesus today with fervency of heart and mind, knowing his perfect love will heal all your brokenness?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #7

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #7 – the Messiah will be our Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4: 4-17 and Luke 1: 50, 58, 68, 72). When Boaz redeemed Ruth from her forlorn circumstances, her life was turned upside down and inside out. There was no turning back to her previous lifestyle. God plucked her up out of her hurting condition and redeemed her in, for, by and through love. God redeems those who he loves, and the sending of Jesus his beloved Son was proof positive. The fulfillment of his promise to send a Redeemer came true in every way possible. How will you express your gratitude today for the myriad ways the Messiah Jesus has redeemed your life from the pit and crowned you with love and compassion?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #6

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #6 – the Messiah will be a prophet like Moses (Deut. 18: 15-19 and Matthew 13:57; Luke 24: 19). God used Moses as a mouthpiece of the Almighty, a prophet to give voice to what he hears from the Lord. Jesus the Messiah, a member of the Triune God, was sent to earth to give voice to the Father’s commands to his children. As the incarnate Son of God, his disciples were to listen to his words. Prophetic words are both stern and compassionate; they are truth and life. What are the words of life and love that you need to hear today? If you hear his voice in the Scriptures, prayer, and in the still small voice, will you choose to listen and obey?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #5

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #5 – the Messiah will be the star coming out of Jacob (Numbers 24:17 and Matthew 2:2). The brightest light in the starry sky would one day point the way to a humble manger scene where the offspring of Jacob was to be born. Shepherds noted the star in the sky as did the Magi…there was no confusion about the miracle the star had highlighted for all to see. As you gaze upon the dark winter sky and note the brightest heavenly stars, give thanks to the Lord for the fulfillment of his promises to you, whether you are lowly of heart or a leader of households. The stars in the sky remain for us as symbols of the faithfulness of our awesome and majestic Messiah. For what/whom are you most grateful this Advent season?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!

 

 



25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #4

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

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Promise #4 – the Messiah will be the passover lamb (Exodus 12: 1-51 and John 1: 29, 36). Moses’ instructions to the people of God on the occasion of the first Passover were to last for future generations…that is, until Jesus arrives and becomes the ultimate Passover Lamb. The redemptive work of Christ in all of our behalf is begun afresh in his incarnation at Christmas. No longer are we to sacrifice animals ceremoniously for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus’ first coming is to prepare us for his second Advent and our eternal welcome “home”! In what ways are you preparing your heart to welcome and be welcomed by the Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah?

Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!