This is the account about the development of Adam’s family: In the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them, and on the day they were created, he named them “mankind.” Adam lived 130 years, and he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his own image, and he named him Seth. (Genesis 5:1-3 EHV)
Are you getting excited for Christmas? Even though there are many things to get done between then and now, I’m sure that many of you are. The anticipation has been building up all month and now we are less than a week away from the big day—the celebration of our Savior’s birth—true God taking on human flesh and dwelling among us.
It is certainly a great and glorious day; it is a day that is filled with joy and we have good reason to be excited about it. However, it is still the season of Advent. Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation as we await the coming of the Savior. It is also a season of repentance as we contemplate the reason why Christ had to give up the glories and riches of heaven to be born as one of us—to save us from our sins.
Verse three above has been called one of the saddest verses in all of Scripture. Adam and Eve were created in God’s perfect and holy image. But they lost that image when they doubted God’s Word and love which led them to eat the forbidden fruit. Sin was brought into the world. Adam and Eve, both sinful human beings than gave birth to sinful human beings. Chapter four shows us just how far mankind had fallen—in a fit of jealousy, Cain killed his own brother Abel. Mankind proved itself to being completely corrupted. Then we get to verse three—Seth’s replacement was born in the image of his Father, sinful Adam. One generation removed from creation and God’s perfect and holy image had been completely lost. Of course, this didn’t stop at Cain, Abel, and Seth. The passing down of a sinful nature has continued to this day. We are all completely corrupt and wicked by nature, nothing good lives in us. We need a Savior.
And that’s why God sent his son—fulfilling the promise he made to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that an offspring of Eve’s would crush the devil’s head. As we know, Christ wasn’t conceived like the rest of us; he was, as we confess in the Apostles’ Creed, “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” He did not inherit a sinful nature like the rest of us and so he was able to live a perfect life that we could not; and he was able give that perfect life to us as he suffered for our sins on the cross.
It’s good as we are on the threshold of Christmas to take a step back to seriously contemplate the reason why God sent his Son. And the more we realize our sins and what they deserve, the more we see God’s love in sending us a Savior. And that causes us to have even more joy in our hearts when that day finally comes for in love God sent us his Son, God sent us our Savior!
Preparing for Christ’s Coming
To help us focus this Advent season, the professors at MLC have written devotions for each day of December to help us see who Jesus really is. These devotions are titled, "Names of Jesus". May the Lord bless us as we eagerly await the coming of our Lord and Savior. To access the devotions click the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1282i0pasalebu2/Advent%20Devotions-2018.pdf?dl=0
Times of Worship for Christmas and New Year’s
8:00 am Worship Service
9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
3:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
5:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
9:00 am Christmas Day with the Lord’s Supper
Sunday 12/30 8:00 am Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
10:30 am Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
Monday 12/31 6:30 pm Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
Please note that we will have Sunday School and Bible Study this coming Sunday (December 233rd). We will not have Sunday School or Bible Study on the 30th, however. This Week for our Sunday Bible Study Pastor Gartner will begin a new study on the book of Exodus and will continue going forward by looking at Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Please join us in this important study of God’s Word.
Bytes of Bread
Please note that there will be no Bytes of Bread next week because of Christmas Eve and Christmas.