Taken from the intimation sheet: Sunday 7 December 2014
What do you associate with the word ‘Advent’? Maybe you think of opening a cardboard window to claim your morning chocolate, maybe your mind meanders back through memories of Christmases past, maybe you think of the stress of the season – getting presents and food and plans in place for the big day.
Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning ‘coming’. It is the time of year traditionally when God’s people fix their gaze on the first coming of Christ into the word, mindful that he will come again. In the midst of all that advent brings these days, let’s not lose sight of that.
Why did Jesus come into this world? Why would the Creator step into his own creation, Light step into darkness, Love subject itself to hatred and the author of life, taste death?
There are an abundance of biblical passages I could turn to in order to answer that question, but I’ve chosen 14 passages from the lips of the Lord Jesus himself (7 in this week’s newsletter). Over the next fortnight why not take some time to read and reflect on one of these verses a day as you journey towards Christmas. Each verse contains truth which ought to lead us to prayer and praise for Christ’s coming into the world.
- Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners to repentance.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and save the lost.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
- Jesus came into the world to live as a servant and die as a saviour.
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- Jesus Christ came into the world to tell the truth.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
- Jesus Christ came into the world to do the will of His Father.
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
- Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Light in the world and to lift people out of darkness.
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
- Jesus Christ came into the world that people might have full and abundant life.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.