At the end of the Old Testament Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. This makes “advent” a time of miracles.
Part 1 – The Miracle of the Moment
God sends His Son into our lives at exactly the right time. Not just at a time in history, but also at the time we need to know and confess Jesus as Lord, and in the time when we need Abba-Father.
Part 2 – The Miracle of the Method
Baby Jesus in the manger looks so small. Yet this same moment is a miracle of salvation where absolute supremacy, authority, power, and the fullness of creation is embodied in this baby. We do not follow a small Jesus.
Part 3 – The Miracle of the Mediator
It can be easy to lose our Jesus given identity because of temptation, physical weakness or lack of faith. Advent is a time to remember that the child in the manger is also the one seated at the right hand of God and he is able to identify fully with us – but is without sin.
Part 4 – The Miracle of the Manger
This Christmas Sunday Message was delivered in two parts. The first part considers the reality that the angelic messengers who announced the birth of Jesus were surrounded by the glory of the Lord. This means the message is very significant. The significance of the message is the focus of the second part which looks at John 1:14 and the miracle of the manger.
Part 5 – The Miracle of Metamorphosis
Our identity which comes, because God-in-the-flesh is also in us, means that we can stand against the ongoing corrupting influence of the old self and constantly be transformed into a new self which is conforming to the likeness of Jesus.