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December 7, 2014 - The Hopes and Fears of All the Years Are Met in Thee Tonight (Preparing the Way of the Lord) - Luke 1:8-12

posted Dec 12, 2014, 5:51 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:45 AM ]
  • Christmas has never been about giving.  We had it right when we were kids.  Christmas is always about receiving.  The only person who is giving at Christmas is God.  And what He is giving is salvation.  The rest of us are struggling to receive this amazing gift.
  • We are more accustomed to praying and asking than we are to receiving.
  • e have learned to tailor down our expectations and our dreams.  As long as life doesn’t become tragic, we can tolerate the reality that is vaguely dissatisfying.
  • Christ proclaims that God has broken into our lives to give us the dangerous gift of hope.  Hope is dangerous and frightening because we can’t control it.
  • The message of Christmas is that God is saying, “Yes” to these old yearnings.  But as I said last week, God is probably not going to answer your prayers the way you were expecting.
  • The promise of Christmas isn’t that we will always get what we want.  But we have to keep asking in order to receive what we need.  And what we need most of all is God.  At Christmas, that is exactly what we get --- God giving us Himself in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 1:8-12