This passage from the prophet Isaiah tells us that God is going to send Someone who would rule, save, and be everything we need.
This, of course, was fulfilled in the Person of Jesus – God’s Son.
As we prepare for His coming during this Advent season, we are going to take a look at four specific ways that Jesus would fulfill this: as a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
These are wonderful descriptions of both who Jesus is and what He came to do!
Below highlights more specifics of the weekly themes and what we will cover.
I hope you’ll join us as we prepare for this Savior, Jesus, who came to and and for us!
God bless your preparation!
God With Us When We’re Down
Jesus’ incarnation means that we have a God Who not only knows what we’re going through because He made us and knows everything, but also because He became like us in the flesh! So when we are down or going through a difficult time, we can go to Him and know He not only knows what we’re going through, but can empathize with us and do something about it! And His counsel is always best, right, loving, and caring! What an awesome God we have with us in Jesus!
- Isaiah 40:1-11
- Romans 8:26-27
- Hebrews 4:15-16
God With Us in Our Weakness
One of the many things this pandemic has taught us is just how powerless we are! We seem to be dragged into situations and predicaments we feel helpless to change. Working and schooling from home, or mandates of what will or will not be open (and the loss of livelihood that may follow!), and other things can make us feel, well, weak. But we have a God who is mighty and nothing that is or can happen is too big for Him! His is over all of this and, because He loves and cares for us, we know that His power is exercised in a way that will work out for our good! That’s His mighty promise – and He always keeps His Word! The Incarnation is proof of that! So rise up, mighty child of God! Your Savior has come!
- Psalm 89:1-29
- Jeremiah 23:5-8
God With Us Beyond Temporary Hardships
Our lives are temporary. By extension, so are all our hardships and troubles. Every difficulty we are going through will end! We often forget that. We also forget that, through Jesus, we have an eternity to look forward to where there will be no crying or hardships or pain. Those will have passed away forever! When we backup and look at our current challenges through that lens, it is a lot easier to endure them and see them for what they are – a very small, very temporary setback that will be forgotten!
- John 8:58
- Romans 8:18
- Revelation 21:1-6
PRINCE OF PEACE:
God With Us Through the Chaos
“Peace” seems pretty fleeting in our current world, country, and culture. Yet that’s what we’re called to! We are to be the ambassadors of God’s peace in our families, our communities, and our culture. That doesn’t mean there will be no hostilities around us, but that in and through them, we are sharing the One who brings peace amidst and through the chaos. We share the coming Jesus as the One through whom chaos and hostilities have been conquered. We share Jesus, Who blesses the world with hope through the peace only He can – and has – given! Bring it, Lord!
- John 14:27
- Matthew 5:9