Prince of Peace

Date: Saturday, November 30

ScriptureIsaiah 9:2-7

Verse: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I like nativity scenes. I enjoy seeing how different artists, especially from different cultures, picture the day Jesus was born. Some are very ornate. Some much more simple. Some attempt to be historically accurate, while others seek to make the scene more contemporary. Sometimes I like to sit for a moment before the display and take in scene. But there is a danger in liking nativity scenes too much. We might never allow Jesus to grow up. We might just stay with the cuteness, and never really absorb the magnitude of all that happened at the birth of Jesus.

Tomorrow the Christmas season officially begins with the first Sunday in Advent. Pastor Bob will begin a sermon series called Hark! where he will use the themes of Charles Wesley’s “Hark! The Herald Angel Sings” to share the good news of the Christmas story. We will begin tomorrow in an appropriate place, remembering the significance of God’s arrival in the person of Jesus. For this is not just a baby lying in the manger, this is the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The season of Advent reminds us of the great love of God, who did not leave us on our own to figure things out, but who comes to us to guide, comfort, and direct us. As we begin the season, may we remember all we are celebrating!

Prayer: Thank you, Almighty God, for coming to us in a way we could grasp. Amen.

Action: Reflect on what Jesus means to you.

Respond: Tell me about the best nativity you have ever seen. Respond by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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