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As We Enter Advent

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As we enter the Advent season it would be a good time to examine the perfect plan of salvation prepared by God in the incarnation of his only begotten son, Yeshua. There are many hymns, Christmas songs and sermons that extol the virtue of the baby born to a peasant couple in a barn. The human life was just a part of God's perfect plan of redemption . The beauty in this story takes place over the many years before Jesus was born to the virgin and became man.

This is how the birth of Christ Jesus came about. After the sin of Adam and Eve and their dismissal from Eden, they began to bear children and their children bore children to a man named Noah. After the great flood and God's salvation of Noah and his family, his children began to bear children and their children bore children to a man named Abram. In Genesis 17:6 as God speaks to Abram he changes his name to Abraham and says:”I will make you exceedingly fruitful, greatly so and I will make nations of you and kings shall come out of you.” God goes on to say in the next verse that he will make an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his seed. One of those seeds was David, the great king of Israel who wrote poems to be set to music rejoicing in God's goodness. Psalm 21:5 says: “His glory is great in your salvation, honor and majesty you have laid on him.” Psalm 22 foretells the agony of the crucifixion, Psalm 23 speaks of the joy of the resurrection. All of this ten centuries before the birth of Christ. The prophet Esias (Isaiah) declared in Ch53 vs.5 states: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed.” Zechariah 9:9 declares: “Rejoice greatly o daughter of Zion, shout o daughter of Jerusalem, behold, your king comes to you, He is righteous and victorious, meek and riding on an ass, even on a colt, the son of an ass. And so it was that the year of our Lord was at hand.

God's plan of salvation was established as man fell into sin. God's grace set in motion the people and events that made it possible for his only begotten son to come to earth at the perfect time, in the perfect way. You see, Christ Jesus had to be one hundred percent man to suffer the pains of life and to be put to death. He had to be one hundred percent God to bear our sins to the tomb, descend to Hades and bring the good news to all who were waiting for Him, thence to rise in victorious glory on the third day. In the days before we celebrate Christmas, let us reflect upon how God loves us enough to send us the very best.

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