25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #18

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:

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

Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia

Promise #18 – the Messiah will do life-affirming, redemptive deeds (Isaiah 61: 1-3 and Luke 4: 17-21).  Offer good news to the poor. Bind up the brokenhearted. Proclaim freedom for all captives. Release prisoners from their darkness. Comfort all who mourn. Provide for those who grieve. Bestow a crown of beauty, oil of joy, and a garment of praise. Call them oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. These are the deeds of the Messiah Jesus. For them. For us. For you and me. What actions has the Lord bequeathed to you of late and which redemptive service are you being called to render to another today?

Throughout this Advent and Christmas 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!