Christmas 2020 promises to be unlike any other. In an age when face coverings have become commonplace, we have a continuous illustration of what life is like when we cannot see each other’s faces. We are all dealing with the struggle of encounters where something important is hidden. We are all wrestling with the awkwardness of relationships where there is an additional barrier between us. As much as we sense this in our relationships with each other how much more important is it when something like this happens in our relationships with God. Advent means appearance or arrival. It speaks of the arrival of something long awaited and critically needed. Exodus 33:11 foreshadows Advent with these words, “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…” This is the heart of God toward all of us and a face to face encounter with God is realized so powerfully in the birth of Christ. Perhaps this season of wearing masks will drive home the point like nothing else can that what God has done in sending His Son to be born as a man is something that we should never take for granted or overlook. Maybe this Christmas will be the perfect time to discover more fully than ever the blessing of Emmanuel, God with us, face to face in the person of Christ.
Our texts for Advent will be…
The Face of Answered Prayer Isaiah 64:1-8 Nov. 29, 2020
Isaiah prays, “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down…” In Christ that prayer has been answered.
The Face of Fulfilled Prophecy Isaiah 40:1-11 December 6, 2020
Jesus is the fulfillment of what the prophets foretold.
The Face of Future Security I Thessalonians 5:16-24 December 13, 2020
What does it mean to be secure in Christ?
The Face of God Luke 1:26-38 December 20, 2020
The favor we seek is found in the face of a God who knows us by name.