Joy To The World

Advent
Advent

So it’s a beautiful, Advent season with peace and joy and happiness oozing in all directions and wonderful things are going down all over the world right? Not!!!!

It’s a crazy, mixed up world and peace is the laughing stalk of the town right now! How is it that we’re to have peace when the world’s in chaos and the countries are at war and the bombs are dropping and the refugees are fleeing and ISIS is taking and lives are being sacrificed and there’s no respect for anything or anyone anymore.
So ~ government laws are passed that are way out of Biblical bounds and have far-reaching and detrimental impact on future generations, and we’re suppose to be ok with that? Yeah, it’s a crazy world and the governments are oh so powerful but oh so weak! So ironic isn’t it?
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But come now again to Bethlehem! See the babe lying quietly in the manger. Look at Him! See for yourself! Our joy doesn’t lie in our governments and in our world leadership. Our peace doesn’t come from all that goes on around us, not even for a second. It’s deeper than that. It’s stronger than that and it’s more accessible than anything this world can offer. As Christ ones, a Savior was born to us on that night long ago, under a Bethlehem star, so bright it lit up the world to make the heavenly announcement of the birth of “Peace”, the Prince of Peace, the Eternal Father, The Counselor, God’s son. Oh yeah, He’s our peace at this glorious Advent season. Our peace in the midst of heartache, sorrow, panic and fear. He’s our joy when happiness goes South and everything that can go wrong does. Our Lord and our King carries the weight of the world on His shoulders and the governments are under His rule and His reign. Nothing will go down that He doesn’t order! You can know that! In spite of nasty world events and a world turned topsy turvy and bad laws being passed and bad news everywhere in a crazy, mixed up world, we have a winner ruling our lives and giving counsel for abundant living through all the ragged edges!

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So, come now to a glorious, peaceful and joyous Advent season! It’s in your own heart! That’s where you’ll find it. Even when the world is reeling in anguish and joy is non-existent, our beautiful souls can praise the God of our Salvation and sing “Joy To The World” to a world that has none and needs lots. Oh how marvellous are His works and how wonderful are His ways.

Isaiah 9: 6,7
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government
will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”

❤ ❤ ❤

The Inn

Advent
Advent

Come with me for a moment to The inn. You’ve travelled a long road and a difficult one. Your heart is heavy and your soul laden with care. Mary’s journey was difficult too as she carried the heavy load of a babe, the Saviour of the world, about to be delivered. Can you imagine the ridicule she must have taken from those who knew her? The rejection that she must have faced in the event of God’s calling on her life. Oh yeah, her journey was difficult and the road to Bethlehem was painful, but that was just the way it had to go down.


See the inn? See how busy it is? See the baggage left in heaps by so many travellers, so weary, so worn, so anxious to get lodging for their weary bodies and aching feet? Mary needed it too and imagine Joseph, caring so deeply for her but being told, “Sorry, there’s not a room left here. All I can do is show you a stable.” A pieced together shack laden with straw for the animals? Yeah, but it was shelter for the night and a place to lay a couple of weary heads, and hearts and minds, so it was all good. Have you been there at all? To a place that doesn’t offer much protection or stability? A place where everyone else has the spotlight but you? Where everyone has the shelter but you? And then ~ there’s your baggage! It’s heavy too isn’t it? But there’s hardly a place to put it down for the night except on a mud floor in the midst of straw? But really, beautiful soul, just lay it down, even there. Give it up! Let it go! Forget it ~ the journey is over now! It’s time to find rest for a few hours. Mary and Joseph put their baggage down and rested on that floor of mud and the Savior of the world, their Savior began there! It’s there they met Him face to face. It’s there God became flesh in that obscure, desolate place and you got to know, He’s still there today ~ in all the places of insecurity, nothingness, emptiness, loneliness, ridicule and rejection. If that’s where you find yourself on this day in real-life and real-time, He’s there with you! He’s been there, done that, and knows your hurt. He came to light the darkness, heal the pain, forgive the sin, save the sinner and bless the soul and take the baggage. He desires to give you all that you need, right here at the inn of rejection and perhaps bitterness, or maybe even anger and pain today. Take your place in the stable with Him and let Him show you the way out to victory in this glorious celebration of Advent! Aren’t we thankful for a Savior who left the glories of heaven to be born in such a lowly place, in order to reach out to all the lowly people and places in a world of need?
Oh yeah, you gotta know we are!


1 John 4: 14
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Matthew 1:21
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins

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