It's December again and it brings with it the Advent; which in recent times has been secularized to mark the start of the Christmas [spending] season.
Advent is a Latin word that means ‘The Coming.'
In the Old Covenant days the Israelites had to obey the Law, but as I have shared with you many times, the Law only foreshadowed the New and Better Covenant that Jesus came to usher in.
In John 19:30 When Jesus said as He hung on the cross, ‘It is finished!’ He was referring to the Old Covenant with Abraham. The New Covenant is shown in Hebrews 8:6 as "a better Covenant because it is based on better promises." The old Law was incomplete so Jesus, in His first Advent came to fulfil it.
[The New Covenant is based on a relationship between God The Father representing Heaven, and Jesus The Son representing you and me, God cannot fail and Jesus did not fail so therefore the New Covenant cannot fail!]
In the Middle Ages the Advent was seen as a time of preparation for the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ. Those early Christians devoted themselves to about six weeks of prayer and fasting before Christmas. It was a time of reflection as they examined their lives before God and repented of any sins they may have had.
This season as we enter the secular battle front-lines of Christmas spending; (the stores and the Government all urging us all to spend, spend and spend). Let’s bear in mind the REAL meaning of Christmas.
Jesus is the REAL reason for this season and we should celebrate the birth of our Saviour who became sin for us, and so through faith in His atonement we can have eternal life.
Now as we embark on the final Christmas shopping weeks and the seemingly endless gift giving, please remember the millions of people worldwide who have yet to receive the greatest gift of all - the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
May you have a happy and blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and stay safe if you travel on the roads.Norman
FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
We meet at 10:30am each Sunday
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park Victoria 3082
We will have our Christmas service on Christmas day [that's just 17 days away] this year for just 1 hour from 10:30 to 11:30am with worship and Christmas carols and a short Christmas message. Enjoy God's presence with thanks before you head out for your Christmas lunch. If you're in the area please come and join us, you will be made welcome!