Published on December 1st, 2004 | by Tony Felich0
Pastor’s Corner December 2004
The following was published in our monthly newsletter, the Redeemer Report.
Dear Redeemer Family,
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Advent is this time of preparation; a time of anticipation; a time of someone’s coming. So, as you move through this Advent season, preparing the way, anticipating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, remember that the coming of the Christ Child fulfilled centuries of promise and anticipation. His birth was the inauguration of the most important life that was ever lived. Your life has meaning, purpose, and an eternal future because of the coming of our Lord Jesus. Certainly Advent is a time of reflection upon the first coming of our Lord. Advent is also a time of appreciation for the ongoing ministry of our Lord to us now. In a very real sense, the Lord Jesus comes to you and to your family in ways for which you cannot prepare, and in ways you cannot anticipate. He comes with a sense of his peace when things are just too hectic; he comes with a sense of his joy when the commercial aspects begin to depress you; he comes with a sense of his love and comfort when all around you there seems to be nothing but war and the casualties of war. Peace, joy, and love are special gifts of the Spirit, and each will be held out to you, the children of God, during this season. Finally, let us not lose sight of Advent’s ultimate certainty- the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward, as the people of God, to the final coming of our Lord in glory. Our confession of faith captures the biblical teaching so well- “…so will He have the day of His return unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come; and may be ever prepared to say, Come Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen. (WCF 33-3)”
May this Advent season be a period of reflection on the Christ child’s miraculous birth and life, an occasion to appreciate the ongoing work of our intercessor, and a time of anticipation for the day our Lord returns for us.
In the Lamb,
Pastor Tony Felich