The Thanksgiving season has zipped by us, and we have entered Advent season. Do not blink because it will be January before you know it. Hopefully everyone’s Christmas preparations are going well. This is the time of the year where everything gets busy and overwhelming, so I am hoping that you can take the time to enjoy the season of Christ’s birth.
We have wrapped up the Horizontal Jesus Bible Study, and we will have one more lesson on December 5th. This will be the last Bible Study for the year, but we do have Christmas caroling the week of the 12th as well as the fellowship meal beforehand. Please plan on attending both events. We can always use the help with singing. Regular Bible Study will resume on January 2nd. Men’s morning Bible Study will also take a break. We will end this year on 12/13/18 and resume on 1/3/19.
As we start the Advent season, we will begin our study with Luke 1:1-25. This is a crucial time in the New Testament because Israel had just gone through the quiet time between the Old and New Testaments. They had not heard from God for about 400 years, and they had replaced the righteousness of God with their own self-righteousness. Little did they know that God would usher in a new season of communication with Christ’s forerunner John the Baptist.
In Luke 1:16-17, we read what John will do on behalf of God, “He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.” In one of the bleakest times in Israel’s history, John came and showed the light of Christ to a hurting world. One could understand our time as a bleak and dark time in our own history, and we are called to share the light of Christ as John was called to do so. We have been challenged with the same task that John received. We are to herald Christ and His good news to a dark and hurting world. What are you waiting for?
In Christ and Merry Christmas,